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Testing the limits of structural viability and computer-based modeling, the 2017 Komorebi Pavilion used thin sheets of polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) in a unique way to develop an ethereal, self-supporting enclosure. The pavilion is the result of a collaboration between architecture students at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and engineering researchers at the University of Tokyo. The project, spanning six months, was lead by Cambridge-based architect Mark Mulligan (Associate Professor in Practice, GSD) and Tokyo-based structural engineer Jun Sato (Associate Professor, Tokyo University), who first met in July 2016 to organize the framework for the project. A charrette in November 2016 at GSD asked 60 students to design a free-standing, occupiable pavilion that uses only the 3/32” sheets of PETG. The project sought to explore how the application of advanced computational analysis could be used to design, fabricate and assemble redundant structural forms. View more View full description
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