MICROHYBRID_002 | After the first Microhybrid the same process ensues, but with the intention to connect two Mahogany cubes with a 3D print. This expression was intended to literally bridge one architectural object to the other. The hole sizes of this connection typology followed the first Microhybrid piece.  This included remodeling the two cubes digitally through drawing and digital making.  The next step followed the same guidelines as the original Microhybrid cube in orienting the cube in preparation for fabrication. This would be the fourth step of the Microhybrid process. What brought delay quickly after were the outside conditions not taken into account for the attempted bridge. The extension of the bridge would physically become too long to fit the objects in the 3D printer bed. The outside condition became a new factor that unlike the original Microhybrid, wasn’t a digital based problem. This resulted in the introduction of the Microhybrid adapting like its predecessor, but rather earlier in its design development stage.


This resulted in the fifth step of creating a 3-Dimensional drawing to be altered, furthering the design development process to adapt to outside conditions. This developed condition of working in the process of Microhybrid called for adaptations made through the pre-existing conditions, and introduce those conditions to exist in the digital realm.  This physical connection of the 2 objects become lost in translation with the intention of what reality’s outcomes bring to the overall formal gestures of the bridge. The sixth is then continued but connection is then analyzed in the digital realm. Color is chosen as the representative factor that would portray a connection of the two objects. Digital drawings and working in the digital realm allowed real time color theory considerations for the stark contrast wanted between the objects and the mahogany cubes.


This introduced how the digital space of making can act as a form of iteration dependent on the outside conditions fabrication. After all factors are taken into account, the seventh step results in the fabrication of the two cubes and the implied connection its typology had adapted to.  After fabrication, the objects and the cubes are fitted along its intended joints where the loose fit is now taken into account. Due to the complications of fabrication, the overall presentation of the second Microhybrid resulted in adaptations before its fabrication process. The second grouping of drawings emphasize how color was introduced. The ninth step of documentation furthered this connection by simulating the drawings through similar angles and lighting (refer to pg.5). The typology that was explored brought attention to the physical space of fabrication that wasn’t originally anticipated. The analogue then broadens to not only the boundary of the mahogany cube, but how site to architectural context matters in variety of scales.

© Thomas Lanham, Greg Luhan, Ebrahim Poustinchi, Irvin Shaifa

Lanham, T., Shaifa, I., Poustinchi, M. E., & Luhan, G. (2017). Craft & Digital Consequences | Micro-Hybrid Explorations at (Full) Scale. In Fioravanti, A., Cursi, S., Elahmar, S., Gargar, S., Loffreda, G., Novembri, G., & Trento, A. (Eds.). ShoCK: Sharing Computable Knowledge – Material Studies Methodologies. The 35th Annual eCAADe International Conference Proceedings, Volume 2, 327-336.