PROTOTYPING: Steel / CCA

Steel is used extensively in the products, infrastructure, vehicles and buildings all around us. Despite the prevalence of steel, especially in architecture, the design, detailing and general understanding of its properties often fall short of its full potential. This course’s intent is twofold: First - to better understand the material and associated fabrication processes through research, lectures/shop tours, hand’s-on making exercises (i.e. – welding, cutting, drilling, tapping, etc.) and experimentation with industrial digital fabrication processes (Omax 5-axis waterjet cutting at Pier 9). The second objective is to implement the knowledge and gain further experience through the fabrication of full scale prototypes. (i.e. furniture or small scale architectural components) Through these empirical modes of investigation, the ambition is to achieve not only a working knowledge of practical details and applications, but more importantly an intuitive sensibility regarding the unique qualities of steel when designing.

This was an elective grad/undergrad course for the CCA Architecture program (Fall 2015)