Thursday, September 7, 2017

Julian Leland Bell

Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Lecture Title: "The Digital Construction Platform: New Robotics for Architectural Scales"
Lecture: September 7, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. - Architecture Building Room 120 
Sponsor: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory 


Julian Leland Bell is a research assistant in the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab, where he currently leads the Digital Construction Platform (DCP) project. He is fascinated by the concept of bringing tools to people - exploring new ways of designing and creating, while seeking to make those tools and techniques available to the widest possible audience. Previously, he developed cable driven robotic arms, manipulators and rehabilitation systems at Barrett Technology, and researched self-scaling manufacturing systems and public policy for global development engineering as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College.

The Digital Construction Platform provides both a new concept for how digital manufacturing techniques can be translated to the worksite, as well as a tool for architects, engineers and designers today to explore this burgeoning field. The presentation will showcase the Mediated Matter Group’s recent work with the Digital Construction Platform, including the construction of a 14.6-meter-diameter dome structure using a novel additive fabrication technique, and the development of a modular control architecture to support exploration and experimentation with the system.