Obuchi Lab – Critical Mass

Obuchi Lab  Is the Studio led by Yusuke Obuchi at Tokyo University‘s Global 3.0 Architecture and Urbanism. Yusuke is a former Intermediate Unit Master at the Architectural Association with Alan Dempsey and Eugene Han as well as director at the AA DRL Masters. He won the Archiprix for the Wave Garden project (below) in which a large membrane made of Piezzo-Electric components generated electricity from the waves movement.

 Above: The Wave Garden by Yusuke Obuchi

Below is a short description of the course and couple images and videos taken from the Critical Mass blog. Critical Mass is also the title of a book written by Philip Ball.  “The course is dedicated to the research on the emergence of global network society and its effect on architecture, urbanism and design culture. It is an interdisciplinary experimental design research connecting architecture, engineering and computations to theorize and to develop design proposals for the contemporary environments.”

Above: Stick Team’s Project on Self-Organizing components

Above: Images from a workshop at Obuchi Lab

Above: Minimal Surface Pavilion

Author: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, director of Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Arthur has been selected as one of the RIBAj's 2017 cohort of Rising Stars. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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