The Stuckeman School provided production support for the development of the project. Architecture students in Osseo-Asare’s Humanitarian Materials Lab helped develop the project concept and build the final model. Danielle Vickers, an undergraduate architecture student, created concept images as part of the presentation delivered to MoMA’s design jury, while Sam Rubenstein, a master of architecture student, conducted bamboo research and created digital 3D models for computer-assisted machining. Rubenstein’s digital model was then used to fabricate all of the component pieces of the site model using a computer numerical control router. Jamie Heilman and Dani Spewak, staff members in the Stuckeman School’s Digital Fabrication Lab, provided instrumental support for iterative design development and production of the final model for MoMA PS1.
“We foresee a future wherein architecture is alive and mobile,” explained Osseo-Asare. “Our research is part of an anticipatory project toward that re-formation of spatial experience wherein architecture can sense and interact with people and its environment.”
The entire model, which measures more than 9 square feet, was packed flat in the Stuckeman Family Building and snapped together upon arrival in New York City, without the use of glue or fasteners. The individual architectural units were built out of laser-cut acrylic modules in the scale model. At full-scale, these architectural elements are a structural scaffolding for a variety of biomaterial systems, which architecture faculty continue to research at Penn State.
Yasmine Abbas, an assistant teaching professor of architecture and engineering design, also was involved in the project by providing materials research and specifying certain configurations to create specific ambiances within the courtyard setting by modulating lighting, humidity and proximity of people to the structures.
True to Osseo-Asare’s research interests in rethinking waste, the site model that was exhibited was constructed entirely out of the packaging crates from a large-format 3D printer. The printer, which was funded by the College of Engineering ‘s School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, will be used to support interdisciplinary collaborative research around humanitarian materials through additive manufacturing by connecting architecture and engineering students through hands-on materials research.