2.1_semacode door knob [designing pixels]


With the advent and spread of smart phones, we have now acquired more abilities to connect our analog and digital worlds. This is true in the field of data transfer. One recent application of this is through the use of Semacode which encode Internet URL on its black and white square pixels; architecturally, pixels often represent the idea of communal living or participation. It’s from these two area that this pixelated cast door knob project sprung up.

In 2020, the internet has unified the world and there needs to be a new way of sharing data across the increasingly complex flow of network. When time is of an essence, the old style library book shelves cannot serve the society anymore and a new technology of the Semacode Door Knob starts to take over to organise the mess…

The pixel-storage system is being implemented across the world’s institutions between 2020 and 2030.

[GENERATION 1.0, 2.0, 3.0]

Within the abovementioned decade time, a couple of versions of pixels are being researched and modelled. Each prototype is generated by various permutations inherent to the data storage capacity of the combined pixels.

Pixel Gen_1.0 [low res – high res].

Pixel Gen_2.0 .

Pixel Gen_3.0 [low res].

4.196 Special Problems in Architectural Design Complete Fabrications Nick Gelpi Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 01-04:00pm, 3-402/7-432studio, 1st mtg Wed 1/5 Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. No listeners Prereq: Permission of instructor ; Yr-1 MArch students who have completed 4.123 only Level: H 9 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit Lab Fee: 150 A comprehensive introduction to methods of “making” explored through a wide range of brief but focused exercises. Skills = developing complex geometries from flat components; fine-tuning press fit construction, molding and casting, and making repeatable molds for customization. A two-part workshop, the first half will contextualize contemporary tools and techniques within the trajectories of historical case studies of building, combined with hands on familiarization of tools. The second half will implement the tools of our workshop in the context of Design. Working on group design build process for three MIT 150 FAST installations, students will test and influencing designs through the instrumentality of production. These hands-on design build projects are intended to produce reciprocity between skills and design, making more complete the problems of fabrication. Subject limited to year-one MArch students who have completed core-1 studio. Contact: Nick Gelpi, 9-224, 253-9415, -


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