Neri Oxman: The woman who wants to ‘print’ buildings

Neri Oxman: The woman who wants to ‘print’ buildings

Neri Oxman is a designer, architect, artist and founder of the Mediated Matter group at MIT’s Media Lab. She currently teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab as Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and founded the MaterialEcology design lab.

Oxman graduated from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and then studied medicine at Hebrew University before attending the London Architectural Association School of Architecture and later MIT to study architecture. She coined the phrase “material ecology” to define her work, placing materials in context.

MIT Media Lab Mediated Matter group on Design and Construction
It can be said that building construction, in many ways, has remained old-fashioned, lagging behind in the use of new technologies. Oxman is reimagining construction with the use of 3D printers, a technology that allows for a different way of making things. She is imagining a world where entire buildings can be built with 3D printers, with new materials and techniques that can reduce the amount of raw material needed while increasing energy and construction efficiency.

In this interview Oxman discusses how MIT’s Media Lab experiments with different printable materials – everything from concrete to silk – to build all sorts of structures. She’s also repurposed a robotic arm into a 3-D printer. Along these projects Neri Oxman ponders:

How can we reinterpret 3-D printing in a way that suggests a new design language?

See the first part of Neri Oxman’s The Next List interview:

Within the 3D printing context, Neri Oxman presented Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet, 18 3D printed designs at the Centre Pompidou for the first time. These presented pieces push the boundaries of 3D printing technologies and required advanced R&D. See this in part 2 of the interview:

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