Lecture date: 2014-02-13
Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak about his pioneering work in transformable design with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. He will discuss the process of realising large-scale transformable structures, starting from inventive concept through engineering and fabrication.
Chuck Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilises transformable principles for a wide range of applications including dynamic architecture, transformable stage sets, consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace.
Unlike traditional robots, informal robots are light, flexible, and pliant; their fabrication involves the embedding of processors, sensors and actuators within materials such as folded laminates, soft gels, or woven fabric. Intelligence—both computational and material—emerges synergistically from these innovative configurations.This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together leading practitioners of informal robotics who will present their work in areas including ambulatory, swimming and flying robots, soft exo-suits to enhance mobility, and self-organizing robot collectives.
After these presentations, a moderated discussion will explore how informal robotics is situated within a broader convergence of computation, materials and manufacturing (e.g., metamaterials, programmable matter), and how these trends present opportunities for design at the product, architectural, and urban scales. Following the program, we will have a reception during which researchers and students will demonstrate their original informal robots. Organized/Moderated by: Chuck Hoberman, Lecturer in Architecture, Harvard GSD and Massachusetts Institute of Technology With speakers: Robert Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Conor Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Rob MacCurdy, Researcher, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
On the opening day of Archaeology of the Digital, curator Greg Lynn discussed digital technology with three of the featured architects in the exhibition: Peter Eisenman, Chuck Hoberman and Shoei Yoh. Archaeology of the Digital is conceived as an investigation into the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.
À l'inauguration d'Archéologie du numérique, le commissaire Greg Lynn a discuté de technologie numérique avec trois des architectes présentés à l'exposition : Peter Eisenman, Chuck Hoberman et Shoei Yoh. Archéologie du numérique est une enquête sur les fondements de l'architecture numérique à la fin des années 1980 et au début des années 1990.
The Lewis Residence by Frank Gehry (1985--1995), Peter Eisenman's unrealized Biocentrum (1987), Chuck Hoberman's Expanding Sphere (1992) and Shoei Yoh's roof structures for Odawara (1991) and Galaxy Toyama (1992) Gymnasiums: four seminal projects that established bold new directions for architectural research by experimenting with novel digital tools. Curated by architect Greg Lynn, Archaeology of the Digital is conceived as an investigation into the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.
La résidence Lewis conçue par Frank Gehry (1989-1995), le Biozentrum conçu par Peter Eisenman (1987), les sphères déployables de Chuck Hoberman (1992), la structure de la toiture du Complexe sportif municipal d'Odawara (1991) et celle de Galaxy Toyama (1992) conçues par Shoei Yoh : ces quatre projets précurseurs ont réorienté la recherche architecturale car ils s'appuient sur l'expérimentation de nouveaux outils numériques. Organisée par l'architecte Greg Lynn, Archéologie du numérique est une enquête sur les fondements de l'architecture numérique à la fin des années 1980 et au début des années 1990.
Chuck Hoberman and Craig Schwitter, Adaptive Building Initiative
October 28, 2009
Chuck Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming LED screen that served as the primary stage element for U2’s 2009 world tour and the Hoberman Arch in Salt Lake City, installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002). Other noteworthy commissions include a retractable dome for the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany (2000); the Expanding Hypar (1997) at the California Museum of Science and Industry; the Expanding Sphere (1992) at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey; and the Expanding Geodesic Dome (1997) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Hoberman holds a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Cooper Union and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He won the Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1997.
Craig Schwitter is Regional Director of Buro Happold North America and has over 17 years of experience in the engineering design of complex buildings including educational, performing arts, stadia, transportation, and cultural projects. Schwitter founded the first North American office of Buro Happold in 1998. Since then the region has grown to over 200 staff based in multiple office locations including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Toronto. The North American offices offer a full spectrum of engineering services including structural, MEP, and façade, special projects engineering, lighting design, sustainability consulting services, and geo technical services. Schwitter holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a masters of science in civil engineering from MIT.
In this excerpt from their lecture, Hoberman and Schwitter discuss their new joint venture, the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), which is dedicated to designing a new generation of adaptive buildings, and their upcoming projects the Aldar Central Market and the Ciudad de Justicia.