ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
IIT’s CONNECT 2015 installation is a collaboration between different areas of study in our university that come to provide their particular expertise on their subject matter in order to stimulate the design process. From architecture to engineering, business to computer science, all of these diverse fields intersect in what we hope to be a great dialogue about the creation of a sculptural object, functional art. The intent of our university and this interprofessional projects program, known as IPRO, is to create groups that have access to different knowledge and provide a forum in which they can interact and share that knowledge.
Pratt Institute’s 2015 CONNECT lounge is based on the idea of a city as a place of constant change. Titled Paper + Air, the proposal considers the life of a city and seeks to unify the past, present, and future through forms that might be found in the overlap between expansion and contraction. The goal is to ultimately fabricate a lounge that is readily transportable without compromising its spatial impact. The environment will be fabricated from two primary materials: paper, which will be made spatial through parametric design and folding, and air as an inflatable structure. The team will create patterns that abstractly represent Chicago’s rich neoclassical and modern architecture.
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Furniture Design and Woodworking program at San Diego State University has developed <=50lb/62in:. Born from the pragmatic concerns of creating furniturescale work in San Diego–the furthest corner of the American Southwest–for exhibition nationally, living in tiny domestic spaces, and the love of a good design challenge. Could students begin with the same piece of luggage and adhere to air travel constraints on size and weight? As the concept developed, students found it resonated with them, and the goal is to create pieces that can easily be stowed away when space becomes limited and can also travel easily.
The official catalog of the 22nd annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair: SOFA CHICAGO.