archolab Architectural Research Collaborative

Afterhouse

Afterhouse

Like too many Detroit houses irreparably damaged by disuse, vandalism and fire, the house at 3347 Burnside must come down. With support from the neighborhood, rather than razing it and leaving fallow land, we propose deconstructing the house and reusing the foundation to build a semi subterranean passive geothermal greenhouse. Precedents in contemporary Bolivia and [...]

Project Reach

Project Reach

Project Reach Can space, terrain and design facilitate the reduction of intergroup tensions and foster cross-community building? The Farm: Gaming Strategies for Empowering Marginalized Youth investigates this question. Launched as a design and research project, The Farm took off as a series of design workshops organized collaboratively with Project Reach, a New York City-based anti-dscrimination [...]

High Wire

High Wire

Applied Research Collaborative (ARC): High Wire was funded through the Applied Research Collaborative (ARC), a University sponsored design build seminar that attempts to extend initial robotic research and implementation at Taubman College through the design and fabrication of an inhabitable, architecturally scaled project.  Programmatically, ARC serves a dual purpose as lounge and meeting space to [...]

Morphfaux

Morphfaux

Recovering Plaster as Architectural Substrate     Morphfaux is an applied research project that revisits the virtually lost craft of plaster to explore its potential for producing innovative architectural elements through the use of contemporary digital technology. The research challenges the flatness of modern, standardized dry wall construction and explores plaster’s malleability as a material [...]

Hostel Detroit

Hostel Detroit

  Youth Hostel Design Build In the fall of 2010 the Archolab began a series of conversations with the director of Hostel Detroit, a non-profit youth hostel located in the re-emerging Corktown neighborhood in southwest Detroit. Those conversations led to a seminar course during the spring of 2011. The hostel needed an outdoor building to [...]

Afterhouse
Afterhouse

Like too many Detroit houses irreparably damaged by disuse, vandalism and fire, the house at 3347 Burnside must come down. With support from the neighborhood, rather than razing it and leaving fallow land, we propose deconstructing the house and reusing the foundation to build a semi subterranean passive geothermal greenhouse. Precedents in contemporary Bolivia and [...]

Project Reach
Project Reach

Project Reach Can space, terrain and design facilitate the reduction of intergroup tensions and foster cross-community building? The Farm: Gaming Strategies for Empowering Marginalized Youth investigates this question. Launched as a design and research project, The Farm took off as a series of design workshops organized collaboratively with Project Reach, a New York City-based anti-dscrimination [...]

High Wire
High Wire

Applied Research Collaborative (ARC): High Wire was funded through the Applied Research Collaborative (ARC), a University sponsored design build seminar that attempts to extend initial robotic research and implementation at Taubman College through the design and fabrication of an inhabitable, architecturally scaled project.  Programmatically, ARC serves a dual purpose as lounge and meeting space to [...]

Morphfaux
Morphfaux

Recovering Plaster as Architectural Substrate     Morphfaux is an applied research project that revisits the virtually lost craft of plaster to explore its potential for producing innovative architectural elements through the use of contemporary digital technology. The research challenges the flatness of modern, standardized dry wall construction and explores plaster’s malleability as a material [...]

Hostel Detroit
Hostel Detroit

  Youth Hostel Design Build In the fall of 2010 the Archolab began a series of conversations with the director of Hostel Detroit, a non-profit youth hostel located in the re-emerging Corktown neighborhood in southwest Detroit. Those conversations led to a seminar course during the spring of 2011. The hostel needed an outdoor building to [...]

Spring Back
Spring Back

Digital Steam Bending In the mid-nineteenth century, at the same time that Great Lakes craftsmen utilized abundant regional lumber to construct bent-wood snowshoes and canoes, Michael Thonet was manufacturing his iconic Café Chair No. 14. Steam-bent construction was lightweight, rigid, and compact, making it ideal for mass production. But unlike many industrial processes, steam bending [...]

All Bent Out..
All Bent Out..

Digital Fabrication: All bent out… built working knowledge of computer aided fabrication tools and software by encouraging students to experiment through focused material research. Workshops and lectures developed core competencies in machining and detailing, while a series of small-scale, built projects encouraged critical engagement with digital fabrication strategies through speculative making. Exploration of various techniques [...]

Atlas of Love and Hate

Research on the City: More Soon

NL Systems

Traveling Research: More Soon