P3_FAST Project_VoltaDom

For the third week of the course, I was working with Professor Skylar Tibbits’ helping to prototype portions of his VoltaDom project for MIT’s 150th anniversary.  We aimed to solve to fabrication concerns: creating a rigid joint to connect individual cells into a certain lock position and designing a fastener for the vault to meet the ledge on either side of the hallway.   I specifically worked in the group that was addressing the way that the vault touched down.  Since we could not alter the ledges on both sides of the hallway, a designed clip was needed to hold the vault in place to resist all potential loads and forces.

I have attached the PDF that we presented at the end of the week.

Volta Presentation


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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