We recently traveled to Houston for the Texas Society of Architects’ 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo. It was great to see so many of our colleagues, former classmates and professors, and hear about all of the exciting work going on across Texas. We really enjoyed hearing the keynote by Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab speak about her eco-activist work, which merges the disciplines of art, science, architecture, fashion, and ecology. Her collaborative research and design process is “funded by passion," as she describes, and is literally reshaping our built environment. Through the means of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, she is able to create prototypes with behavioral components. Her performance-driven-design approach looks at concepts derived from nature, specifically biomimicry. Our team is extremely impressed with her interdisciplinary research and the eloquent manner in which she presented her work – and furthermore, happy to see how research can play such an active role in the design process, as this is something we strive to achieve.
Neri Oxman - Material Ecology