Martin Bechthold, professor of architectural technology at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, talks about new architectural disciplines and recent projects that he has developed with his students. These projects include simulation and prototyping techniques to elaborate new and complex surfaces with more flexible materials and integrating the use of automated construction systems in the architectural process. Although most are still in the experimental phase, several tools are already being applied, including a computerized tool that uses water stone-cutting technology to produce complex surfaces and the development of a mobile information unit for the Harvard Art Museum. Bechthold emphasizes the importance of doing research work in every design project in order to learn and move forward with emerging technologies.
Emerging Assemblies Martin Bechthold
Friedrich A. Hayek Auditorium Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala, August 25th 2008
A New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, September 2008 Camera 1: Manuel Alvarez; camera 2: Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Alexander Arauz
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Martin Bechthold is professor of architectural technology at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He practiced architecture in Germany, England, and France where he was associated with various firms, including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Santiago Calatrava; and von Gerkan, Marg & Partner. He holds a doctorate in design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Diplom-Ingenieur in architecture from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. Bechthold is coauthor of Digital Design and Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design and Structures, and author of Innovative Surface Structures. He has received numerous awards, including the Harvard Provost Grant for "Innovation in Instructional Computing" in 2001.