The Bieg Design V studio at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture is currently designing an ambitious installation project called WATNEY to be on display at SXSW Eco this March.
The installation will be designed and built by a group of 13 students, led by Assistant Professor Kory Bieg. The design explores how digital software and fabrication techniques can be applied to art and architecture and offers a new way of using waffle, or structural rib-systems, for the construction of complex forms. WATNEY is a 6'-0" x 9'-0" x 11'-0" volume containing pockets of space marked by overhangs, passages, and apertures to draw people in. The project is made by a system of interlocking “chunks” that come together like puzzle pieces over a structural frame. Each chunk is composed of three layers — the Waffle, the Wrapper, and the Skin .
To make this project possible, the students are holding several fundraisers, beginning with a Kickstarter campaign running through December 7. For more information about the installation and efforts to raise funds, or to donate to the cause, visit the WATNEY webpage.