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SPATIAL FUTURES STUDIO DESIGN & RESEARCH STUDIO / FALL 2019 / Keith Kaseman

Experimental in both its pedagogical setup and design-production workflows, Spatial Futures Studio was the first GT Design and Research Studio to be fully housed in the Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) and also the first studio to be directly tied to the Spatial Futures Lab and its assets. Participants in this fluidly collaborative work environment designed, communicated, fabricated and assembled a voluminous and occupiable spatial project utilizing a 3m tall prefabricated structural platform, 1200m of 6mm diameter steel rods, mixed reality (MR) headsets (Microsoft HoloLens), smart phones, Fologram, a small hand-operated steel bender and welding machines, among other materials and fabrication techniques within the DFL. All steel spatial components were designed and fabricated with augmented reality (AR) and MR workflows that facilitated through direct digital-to-physical translations (and vice-versa). As such, no drawings were produced at any step for fabrication, spatial production or assembly.

Spatial Futures Studio produced one full scale construct called Beacon Armature, the base configuration of which consolidates a DJ booth / operators platform, a cantilevered drone landing pad and an elevated billboard screen, and three Megamodels , 1:10 scale architectural section-chunk models conceived of as prototypical droneport typologies for Tropical latitudes. In addition to the utilization of AR and MR for all design and production, Beacon Armature and Megamodels serve as digital-physical tools in their final states, as spatial, situational and analytical AR and MR overlays are interactively navigable, thus communicating the ambitions of the work though smartphones, tablets and headsets.

BEACON ARMATURE compiled fabrication model.
SITE: 10' tall pre-fabricated deer hunting platform (600lbs pre-stiffened capacity).
BEACON ARMATURE post-final review.
Stiffening Waffle by Michael Koliner with Richard Dempsey.
Live MR view of rapid-fire envelope iterations initially performed by entire SFS crew. (Shantanu Kushalapa)
MR scenario view. (Shantanu Kushalapa)
MR scenario working view. (Spatial Futures Lab: Keith Kaseman / Will Reynolds)
TROPICAL DRONEPORT Monica Magcalas (design duration: 2 days)
GOLD MEGAMODEL Monica Magcalas, Daniela Marquez, Maria Pastorelli, Richard Dempsey, Michael Koliner, Daniel Oddo (design-production duration: 2 weeks)
Scott Marble (SOA Chair) in the GOLD MEGAMODEL
TROPICAL DRONEPORT Monica Magcalas, Daniela Marquez, Maria Pastorelli
ORANGE MEGAMODEL Darcy Brown, Collin Grill (design-production duration: 2 days)
Live Mixed Reality (MR) view of Manifold Skin v.29
BLACKENED MEGAMODEL Clay Kiningham, Michael Koliner (design-production duration: 2 weeks)
TROPICAL DRONEPORT Clay Kininhgham
Special guests Jen Pindyck, Ersela Kripa and Ian Bogost along with Scott Marble and Dennis Shelden discussing issues of design-technology, empathy, labor futures, societal implications, operative professional positions and strategies for positive execution in the world at the final SFS roundtable.

SFS CREW 2019:

DARCY BROWN

RICHARD DEMPSEY

COLLIN GRILL

KEITH KASEMAN (Studio Critic)

CLAY KININGHAM

SHANTANU KUSHALAPPA

MICHAEL KOLINER

MONICA MAGCALAS

DANIELA MARQUEZ

DANIEL ODDO

MARIA PASTORELLI

CARLY TODD

Special thanks and CONGRATULATIONS, SFS Crew!!!! - kk

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All photos by Spatial Futures Studio and / or Spatial Futures Lab