Central to the project is the belief that applied research serves as a “hinge” between the academic and the professional. Each prototype structure was co-produced by students and faculty, and involved working with local fabricators in order to test new methods for producing architecture. The ambitions for it are large: to not only serve as a valuable educational experience, but also to “change the way we design and build in the Midwest.”
Led by Jiangmei Wu and Andres Tovar, Indiana University’s project, Synergia, employs a laser cutter to cut hendecahedrons from corrugated plastic. The installation is placed next to North Christian Church and aims to create “a place that fosters peace and reflection.”
“Synergia embodies the reality of life, community, and harmony through simple parts working together to create a complex and light-filled space,” writes the team.