The Prototype Exhibit 2015-2016
Curated by undergraduates Colvin Kenji Endo, Teri Minogue, and Adele Ruppert, “The Prototype” focuses on the design process of the products, spaces, objects, and technology we use in our everyday lives – structures that must be realized with consideration of the three principles of design: beauty, sustainability, and utility. From areas such as engineering, industrial design, architecture, urban studies, computer science, and visual art, this exhibit showcases parts of the design process that are not usually seen by the user, focusing on the inspiration, brainstorming, collaborations, revisions, and dead ends that happen before a product, structure, or space is ever realized.
The exhibit features work from the following artists: Ana Christina Baquerizo, Andres Chang, Benjamin Basseches, Christopher Sancomb, Connie Wang, Eli Block, Hanson Cheng, Horatio Han, Ijeoma Azodo, Lily Fan, Michael Yurgeles, Pneuhaus, Scarlett Xin Meng, Stan Lichens, STEAM, and Yanan Wu.
Biomimicry Exhibit 2014-2015
Nature and its systems are at work all around us, and these systems are governed by forces that constantly evolve towards maximum efficiency, both in the grace and economy of its mechanisms and the large-scale closed loop of material and energy usage.
In the world of design, using biomimicry means incorporating elements of an organically occurring system. Olympic swimsuits are based on sleek shark skin; the bumps on a whale’s fin are incorporated into tidal turbines to reduce drag; tall office buildings are built with big thermal masses, like termite mounds, to reduce the need for air conditioning.
This exhibit was made possible by students from all disciplines and curator Claudine Fernandez. The exhibit will be display through the 2014-2015 academic year at the Science Center. Stop by see the contributions as well as the compilation of all the pieces in the Exhibit Booklet.