Last in our blog series on MakeTank at ABX, we spotlight the Sasaki creations and contributions to the MakeTank showcase.
As ArchitectureBoston Expo wrapped up last week, MakeTank members were already brainstorming what they might make next year. This year’s exhibit included a pavilion, custom-made furniture, electronics, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and informal talks about making and making culture. Taken together, these items represent the talent and creative energy of the maker movement that is restructuring how design firms approach their work.
"The pavilion was a direct commentary on advancing composite material applications as much as it is about community-sourced design," said Chris Winkler, one of the pavilion's designers. "The name of the project, 'Results May Vary,' references the many possibilities of flexible structures, composite fabrication, material research, as well as collaboration and communication among the open-source design community."
Sasaki's Brad Prestbo, one of the co-founders of MakeTank, reflected on the future of making and the architectural field, "The conventional fee-for-labor architectural business model is becoming outmoded. We are developing alternative business models which will allow us to deliver design excellence while creating additional revenue streams—prototyping and manufacturing building components that could be commercially available in different ways is one example, and why MakeTank's demonstration pavilion is so important."
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The exhibition pavilion made from flexible
ABX attendees check
out the modular joinery in the pavilion
Swings." Team members used electronic sensors to change lighting in response to
movement of the stools
Off-the-shelf electronics used in the "Mood Swings"
The sensors team, made
up of representatives from Sasaki, MIT, and Stantec, presented on their
Congratulations to the Sasaki MakeTank members: Carolyn Brown, Ryan Collier, Yueying Cui, Felipe Francisco, Ilaria Giardiello, Gloriana Gonzalez, Jonathan Greer, Chris Hardy, Andrew LaFosse, Anthony Lawson, Katia Lucic, Patrick Murray, Jay Nothoff, Sam Pease, Brad Prestbo, Ruben Sannen, Pablo Savid-Buteler, and Chris Winkler