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Soft Machines
In collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture and its Design Minor/Design Major program


Soft robotics is a specific category of robotics that aims to create robots from compliant materials like gels, fluids, elastomers, etc. matching the properties of biological tissue and organs in terms of flexibility and adaptability. These technologies are already employed for accomplishing tasks e.g. in the manufacturing industry to develop gripping tools which present the advantage to increase safety around human presence. During a week-long workshop at MIT, the 2nd year students of the Master Product Design were tasked to explore potential product applications and develop functional “robots” based on the principles of soft robotics.

Curated by: Camille Blin, head of MA Product Design, ECAL; Christophe Guberan, product designer, guest lecturer, ECAL and MIT; Skylar Tibbits, Associate Professor in Design Research, MIT Department of Architecture

Students: Johannes Valentin Breuer, Pablo Dorigo, Nikola Gaytandjiev, Céverine Girard, Matias Görlitz, Fritz Gräber, Xinyi Jiang, Luisa Kahlfeldt, Pavle Vanja Konakovic, Napat Pongpanatnukul, Vittorio Solleciti, Lei Tuo, William Verity, Yoon Illseop

Project development: Maxime Augay, Anthony Guex

Hosted at the MIT International Design Center; supported by the General Board of Higher Education State of Vaud through its Summer University program and swissnex Boston. 

Exhibition on November 8, 2019 at ECAL in the framework of ECAL Research Day "Technology and Research in Art & Design".


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ECAL Conference

Skylar Tibbits, Founder of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab & Associate Professor of Design Research in the MIT Department of Architecture, Cambridge (MA – USA)
https://selfassemblylab.mit.edu/

https://architecture.mit.edu/

Thursday 7 November at 5.30 pm, IKEA Auditorium, ECAL

Skylar Tibbits is the founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes. He is also Associate Professor of Design Research in the MIT Department of Architecture.

He has designed and built large-scale installations as well as exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in NY. His work has been published extensively, for example in Wired and Fast Company. He is the co-editor of the book Being Material (MIT Press, 2019) and Editor-In-Chief of the journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

In collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture and its Design Minor/Design Major program

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ECAL Soft Machines
In collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture and its Design Minor/Design Major program


ECAL Conference

Skylar Tibbits, Founder of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab & Associate Professor of Design Research in the MIT Department of Architecture, Cambridge (MA – USA)