AMIE 1.0: Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing in ArchitectureJames RoseCollege of Architecture and Design
What can we do together that we can't do individually? This is the question that serves to unite the efforts of UT College of Architecture and Design, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and ORNL as partners in the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism. Based in the downtown FabLab and taught in conjunction with Phil Enquist and others from SOM and ORNL, the Governor's Chair studios challenge students to tackle tough design problems. One such challenge is the architectural application of additive manufacturing or 3D printing. In the spring of 2015 a graduate architecture studio was tasked with developing an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of this new technology. These findings foregrounded the design and construction of the AMIE prototype- the worlds first net-zero additively manufactured polymer building.