Design Miami Basel – Vessels to hold Carbon

Vessels to Hold Carbon is a collection of three objects by Daniel Tish which have been 3D printed from a new climate-positive material being developed through a collaboration between the MaP+S Group at the Harvard GSD and the Daraio Lab at Caltech. The material is made from photosynthetic microorganisms which absorb many times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is required to manufacture the pieces, storing atmospheric carbon for the life of the pieces. The vessels take on the fluid forms of the medium which they have captured, rendering the air that they embody as solid. 

The pieces are shown as a part of the Symbiotic Habitat installation of the work of the fellows of the Design Akademie Saaleck. More information about the show here, or take a virtual tour of the exhibition here

The research to develop this material and the fabrication system has been generously supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and further development is being supported by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Kiriform- Advanced Functional Materials- Back Cover

Kiriform (GSD + SEAS) has been featured on the back cover of Advanced Functional Materials Journal (26 Aug 2021).

The article can be found here :

Mhatre, S., Boatti, E., Melancon, D., Zareei, A., Dupont, M., Bechthold, M., Bertoldi, K., Deployable Structures Based on Buckling of Curved Beams Upon a Rotational Input. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2021, 2101144. (Link)

A.I., Machine Learning, and the Built Environment

Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo y Lopez – as a part of the Harvard GSD Executive Education is launching a new  program on Artificial  Intelligence / Machine Learning.

A non-technical introduction to the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), with particular emphasis on their current applications in the fields of Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Real Estate. Participants will acquire the skills to manage a team in a successful machine learning project, without needing the expertise to understand the details of its technical implementation.

When: April 27, 28,30, 2021

Where: Online 

More information / Registrations  here.

Wyss Institute roboticists win NASA award for developing smart deep-space habitats

The organization of the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi) project will bring together three interconnected research thrusts that work on complementary approaches for the realization of smart deep-space habitats. Credit: Purdue University

MaP+S Group’s Chuck Hoberman along with Justin Werfel (Wyss),  and Robert Wood (Wyss)   to lead development of robotic strategies able to maintain crewed and un-crewed extra-terrestrial habitats in space and on Mars. This multidisciplinary effort, called the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi), is led by a team from Purdue University in partnership with Harvard and additional teams from the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and will receive as much as $15 million over a five-year period.

Full Post here

27 March: Thresholds – Design and Science

Hold the date for an intriguing day of conversations and presentations. The conference will be held on March 27 at the Radcliff Gym at Harvard – the event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Description: 

Science and design are often thought to represent opposite mindsets of analysis versus conjecture, of explanatory versus disruptive modes of thinking. Audacious, provocative, and unconventional work emerges when we cross the traditional disciplinary divide between science and design. The March 2020 conference assembles thought leaders from both areas—researchers and practitioners who interrogate the spaces in between through their work. The sessions, which are thematically aligned with the human senses, present a multitude of approaches, methods, and techniques that transcend the disciplinary focus. Conceived as an open forum for exploration and discussion, the conference is co-hosted by faculty from the Graduate School of Design and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. The projects and explorations featured range from fashion to material science, from therapeutic devices to building science, and from cooking to cognitive science.

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2020 DDes Conference

We welcome you to join us for the 2020 DDes Conference held on  February 26th at the GSD, Stubbins (Room 112) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The conference, titled, “Architecture as a ‘Learning’ Living Machine” will address new emerging concepts in the field of data-driven, adaptive and robotic architecture such as ML, Robotic Buildings, Smart Homes in a form of a symposium.
For more information and speaker list, please visit 

2020 Ceramics Installation @ Cevisama

We will be presenting this year’s ceramic installation, our tallest ever, at the Cevisama trade fair in Valencia from 3 – 7 February! Hope to see you there! We thank the Cevisama Trade Fair Organization and ASCER Tile of Spain for their support.

Design – Science Conference @ Harvard: 27 March.

Mark your calendar for our first Design – Science Conference at Harvard, showcasing intriguing and compelling work at the intersection of design and science at Harvard and beyond. Curated by Allen Sayegh, Joanna Aizenberg and Martin Bechthold, the event is held at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Studies, free and open to the public.    more

Visiting Scholar _ Dr. Iryna Kuksa

Dr. Iryna Kuksa, Visiting Scholar

MaP+S Group would like to welcome Dr. Iryna Kuksa as our visiting scholar for the year. Iryna Kuksa is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University (UK). She received her Doctorate from the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick. Currently, Iryna is a Visiting Scholar at The Harvard Graduate School of Design, working on an authored book Understanding Personalization: New Aspects of Design, Consumption and Creation (Elsevier, 2020).

More info: Link

Jose Luis García del Castillo y López and Zach Seibold join the faculty ranks!

Congratulations to Zach Seibold and Jose Luis García del Castillo y López for both joining the faculty this year! Zach will be teaching in the MDE program, as well as offering ‘Digital Media: Manipulations‘ (co-taught with Hyojin Kwon, a research associate with the Laboratory for Design Technologies). Jose Luis is teaching the MDE tech required ‘Introduction to Computational Design‘ as well as ‘Structural Design I‘ with Martin Bechthold.

MaP+S / ALivE work featured in Wyss Institute press release

Our cold-SNAP project, an innovative evaporative cooling system developed jointly with Prof. Aizenberg’s Adaptive Materials Platform (involving Jack Alvarenga), the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (involving Jonathan Grinham and Saurabh Mhatre), and MaP+S, was featured in a story issued by the Wyss institute. Cold-SNAP was recently patented.

MaP+S at Aerial Futures Conference

We are happy to participate, along with our colleagues Andrew Witt and Allen Sayegh, in the Aerial Futures Conference at Harvard and MIT. Short distance autonomous flight is technically possible but significant questions remain on where and how it can add value to society. We are thrilled to be part of the conversation!

MaP+S Kiriform Patent

MaP+S has filed an International PCT Patent on a deployable mechanism with applications ranging from medical devices, wheels, furniture, tents to deployable shelters. Related publications are forthcoming.

Mhatre, S. A., Bechthold, M., & Sayegh, A. ‘ DEPLOYABLE KIRIFORM FLEXURES. Patent No. WO2019018546, 2019

For more info: Link

Lecture at Georgia Tech

Prof. Bechthold is lecturing on ‘Multi-Scalar Design: Material Matters’ at Georgia Tech on January 15 at noon in the Flex Space, Caddell Building, 280 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0680. The talk focuses on the challenges and opportunities provided by the expanded range of scales that design and science interact in.