Julian Bleecker helps set up the scope of the final project.


An important contribution of this course is the manner in which useful cross-fertilization can emerge in the application of different disciplinary methodologies in response to concrete problems in practice.

Project - Each team is required to design, build, program and test a ‘heliotropic smartsurface’ that makes use of:
•    Solar energy harvesting
•    Microcontroller programming (Arduino) and circuit building
•    Parametric modeling (Digital Project)
•    Digital fabrication

We have envisaged that each team will be producing something between the size of a tabletop and a mini van. Obviously, this could be a fully functioning unit or a functioning model at scale. This will be presented in a gallery setting, each team will have open floor space for a self supporting element and have 8'x8' of available wall space to include supporting diagrams, renderings, process, etc.

Report - Each team will be required to produce a written report based on their collaborative project. This project report is intended to present the knowledge and understanding assimilated by team members and the nature of the collaboration during the construction of their project. This illustrated text should document the progress of the work and indicate how the project would be deployed in the field. The report should demonstrate the team’s ability to synthesize and analyze information collected via research, studio practice and empirical study. Each team member’s contribution to the project should be documented.

Blog – Each team member is required to maintain their online course blog describing the intent and progression of their work.