Architecture

The research efforts associated with smART field focus on developing a solution that integrates luminous materials into an all weather and ADA compliant solution to paths on the Drillfield in order to enhance the integrity of the Drillfield as a “green room” at the center of the Virginia Tech campus. Luminescent materials, passive (such as solar powered) as well as responsive (sensor-controlled interactive space), will be deployed to allow the luminescence of the paths to vary.

Fog Harp aims to develop a full scale model to test a promising, potentially revolutionary fog collecting technology. Inspired by natural processes and modeled specifically on the way in which mighty Sequoia trees collect water from coastal fog, known as fog drip, Fog Harp has the potential to address water scarcity problems in some of the poorest and driest countries on Earth.

The Moss Arts Center Projection Mapping Project took place January 28 - 31, 2016 in the interior stariwell inside the Moss Arts Center. The team utilized the unique upside down staricase geometry above the stairwell to project onto the surface. A 10-15 minute looped light show was shown on the ceiling surface and was accompanied by a soundtrack played simultaneously.

This new visualizing tool provides an interactive platform that assists one to browse the collections of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) to gain multiple cross-readings from the breadth of the archive. Data in the collections are more readable and contextualized in multiple ways, with a process akin to data mining, enabling less obvious relationships to emerge to forster alternative paths of research.

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