Lecture Topic | Multi-Scalar Design: Material Matters
Advances in material science, computation, and robotics are empowering the role materials can take in shaping buildings towards novel aesthetics and performative outcomes. Work at Harvard’s MaP+S group is investigating interventions from the nano-scale to the component scale, with materials that include ceramics as well as polymers and concrete.
About Martin Bechthold
Trained as an architect, Martin Bechthold is the Kumagai Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He directs the Doctor of Design Program and co-directs the Master in Design Engineering (MDE) program. Bechthold is the founding director of the Materials Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group, a collaborative team that pursues work to expand the role of materiality in the built environment, leveraging computational methods and robotics. Recent focus areas have been 3D printing and ceramics. Bechthold collaborates with Allen Sayegh and Joanna Aizenberg in the context of the Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE) group where material scientists and designers work together to develop novel adaptive materials for applications in products and buildings.
Kumagai Professor of Architectural Technology
Wyss Institute Associate Faculty
Director, Material Processes and Systems Group
Director, Doctor of Design Program
Co-Director, Master in Design Engineering Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
School of Building Construction
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