Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Terry Knight and Skylar Tibbits.
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In this thesis I propose a self- assembly procedure called the Morphocell(M-Cell) assembly. This procedure is based on an assembly unit called the M-Cell. The M-Cell is comprised out of two components, the M-Block and the M-Clay (in which the M-Block is embedded). During the assembly procedure the M-Clay acts as the environment of the assembly for the M-Blocks. This allows a global, parallel assembly that is highly autonomous and has large error correcting capacities. When the assembly procedure is complete the M-Blocks have assembled into a spatial lattice. Then the M-Clay surrounds this lattice thus creating a solid object, the M-Object. The M-Object, which is the goal of this procedure, is a dynamic object that can be easily modified, expanded or dismantled. Furthermore, it can respond in various ways to its environment. This system was optimized though a feedback loop that was informed by constant digital and physical simulations. The findings of this thesis can have important applications in construction of structures in extreme-remote environments and in the fabrication-rapid prototyping field.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, June 2015.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. "June 2015."Includes bibliographical references (page 47).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology