What is Rapid type?

Rapid type is a design/build studio based on a grant from Mitsubishi to explore potential design uses and assembly techniques that are specific to using Alpolic. Research in marketing and deployment strategies of prefabricated architecture guided our approach to develop a semi-mobile food service unit as a means to test the limits of Alpolic.

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Team Bent – Prototyping

The class was challenged with the task of creating full scale prototypes of possible connection details.  This would give us an understanding of assembly, process, and aesthetic understanding.  Our team focused on bent strategy that could integrate with lighting and shear wall construction. (TP)

Projective Voids

Throughout the use of grasshopper and rhino projective slices where Boolean out of the original cube formation.  This left the poche space for the creation for storage and differintiation between interior and exterior layers. (TP)
Legacy - A Business Model

Legacy – A Business Model

Rapid Type’s investigation into successful business models yielded vast information on existing and future markets.  While the focus was on prefab/modular fabrication processes we as a team investigated a range of current uses, such as mobility, program, material and price.  What we found is that the current market is not successful for a sustainable market,...
Fold:it Design Prototype a1

Fold:it Design Prototype a1

Through this 2 week investigation into the properties and possibilities of Alpolic, I found that folding and cellular structure could offer the most flexibility in form making. While the structural integration of a secondary system is neccesary the three dimentional diamond form could offer structural integrity to to cell and small agrigated systems.