Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), have won the school’s newly established Gehry Prize, reports Archinect News. The Hasselns, a husband-and-wife team who recently graduated from SCI-Arc, received the prize for their joint master’s thesis, Phantom Geometry – a 3D printing method developed in the school’s Robot House. Whereas conventional 3D printing draws from a static digital design, Phantom Geometry makes the process more fluid, as the designer can make alterations to the design while it is being printed.
The Hasselns write that Phantom Geometry is “centered on the development of a system for generating material volume from streaming information.” The system uses ultraviolet (UV) light from a projector “to continuously and selectively cure photo-initiated resin within a shallow vat system.” Cured resin is “simultaneously and continually pulled away from the vat, allowing uncured resin to flood in beneath it to be subsequently cured.” The result is “the material reification of streaming data that emerges along the motion path of the Staubli robot maneuvering the vat/projector apparatus.” The designer can modify the streaming data at any time, and “such interventions impact emerging downstream geometry.”
The Gehry Prize was established in September through a $100,000 donation to SCI-Arc by renowned architect Frank Gehry, who is a trustee of the institute. The prize is an annual award to recognize outstanding graduate students in architecture.