05 Inflatables

Project that I worked on with Kyle Barker and Nick Polansky during the final week of IAP. We have mostly dealt with administrative issues and also learning about constructing a more robust balloon from the balloon expert known all across the land – Mr Gary Felix. A whole slew of meetings and emails were addressed in an effort to finalize details about the project.

We had to find a suitable site and have it approved by a panel of “safety” judges and also begin conceptualizing the way our project would inhabit the new space. We started with Lobby 7, then Lobby 10, then Walker Memorial, then E14 Lobby, and finally were initially approved for E15 Lobby. Through very scientific and structured fire material tests, our mylar failed, so we were left with no project.

Through incredible backing from the FAST coordinator Meg Rotzel, she found a very surprising solution – apparently MIT has a SWAT team of sorts that is trained to be first on site facilitators in emergency situations. The team has been gracious enough to volunteer their time to watch over our installation during the weekend of its lifespan.

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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