Designing the Ocean Pavilion: Biomaterial Templating of Structural, Manufacturing, and Environmental Performance
2015 L. Mogas Soldevila, J. Duro Royo, M. Kayser, D. Lizardo, W. Patrick, S. Sharma, S. Keating, J. Klein, C. Inamura, and N. Oxman , Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium, Amsterdam
Driven by novel biomaterials design and natural aqueous formation, this researchoffersa newstructural design perspective combining a crustacean-derived biopolymer with robotic fabrication to shapeconstructsthat interact with the environment utilizinggraded material properties for hydration-guided formation. We establish structural, manufacturing, and environmental design templating strategiesinforming the design of the constructsand theirmaterial makeup. Wepresent a biomaterial-driven design process resulting in a novel structural system and a custom robotic manufacturingplatform designed to deposit water-based composites unveiling novelfunctional, mechanical, and optical gradients across length scales. Components are form-found through evaporation patterns informed by the geometrical arrangement of structural members and the hierarchical distribution of material properties. Each component is designed to take shape upon contact with air and dissolveupon contact with water. We present the principles and method applied as a unique case demonstrating the material ecology design approach through additive manufacturing of lightweight, biocompatible and materially heterogeneous structures. Initial resultsdemonstrate a wide range of structural behaviorsthatrepresent a novel approach to material-informed biodegradable structure formation by design and hold great promise for the future of sustainable manufacturing. Access the CFP here.
Designing the Ocean Pavilion