Faculty: Takbir Fatima

Interlocking Assembles: Exploration of Puzzle-inspired assemblages and aggregation systems, particularly via geometry, materiality and structure

From puzzles to stackable/flat-packable furniture to origami-inspired self-deployable space structures: geometry, assembly/disassembly, materiality and ways of interlocking play a critical role. Understanding the way things are put together and taken apart is a complex process that requires equal parts imagination (conjuring the as-yet unknown) and engineering (understanding existing knowledge and its application). The technical aspects of systems of assembly are based on an assemblage that is reverse-engineered to its basic building blocks, or a kit of parts that can modularly result in a series of prototypical outcomes.