digital fabrication





RISD, as a center of academic research in design, embraces digital fabrication: maker bots, laser cutters, and CNC routers are used daily and in high demand by a student body eager to expand the ways we expect to design and create form. Three dimensional modeling software that precedes machine productions is capable of creating millions of iterations and abstractions in a moment. Materials melt and burn. Powerful tools can escape us. We endeavor to learn what fabrication methods do, why, and how – keeping our eyes wide open to what technology may accomplish for us, and what we can achieve combining this with commitment to careful physical manifestation of our own thought.


… integrative thinking enables us all to discover the nature of the world and the world of human nature. It encompasses all ways and means of expressing, representing, modeling, simulating, and demonstrating our knowledge and experiences.

-Todd Siler

Todd Siler’s perception of the power of integrative thinking, reinforced by the belief that the sharing of ideas, visions and insights you have brought to RISD and which you have analyzed, strengthened, reevaluated or newly acquired during your first year in the Division of Foundation Studies, will form the basis for our exploration into the discipline and the particular spatial realm of Interior Architecture.

Bernhard Tschumi argues, “that architecture is, first and foremost a form of knowledge, much like mathematics, philosophy or art.” And he continues by explaining: “One of its most important functions is to generate ideas and concepts about the world we live in.”

Throughout the term, and in the time to come, the quintessential methodology will be to critically observe this world, to formulate questions and to thoroughly investigate answers to a myriad of problems. The analysis of user behavior, social interactions and human activities, and the employment of concepts pertaining to the human sciences support the endeavor of finding an expression, a materialization of acquired knowledge in the Gestalt of a physical space.

The translation of knowledge and experiences  into spatial concepts requires the unique visual tool of twoand three-dimensional thinking, the ability to represent the vision in drawing and model form, and to communicate analytical work and research as well as the resulting thesis or idea verbally and in concise written form.

1. GUMMI BEARS by Jaden Andrea

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PROJECT I_Oct 9 2014_Drawings included_Page_0062. SLIDES by Jaz Bonnin

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3. MEMBRANE by Maria Cano-Flavia

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5. FORM CYLINDERS by Anya Smith

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6. STRAWS by Shanaiya Maloo

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7. WEAVING by Jenny Lu

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8. MESH by Daniela Longoria Quintanilla

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9. FLOSS by Nicole Im

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10. TEABAGS by Yu-Wen Hwang

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11. CHOPSTICKS by Dooho Won

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12. MOLECURES by Jill Shixiaoci Yu

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Thanks for the great support from Wolfgang Max Rudorf (the instructor of this studio).

From Zhuang Tian (Viola)



Elaborated compiled with grounded research and creative ideas, the highly expected work:INTAR JOURNAL VOL.5 has finally launched. The main topic of this version is mostly about Resilience and Adaptability. The book launch meeting shortly started with the introduction by the head of interior architecture department Lilian Wong. As the special editor for this book, Damian White (the head of the department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences and coordinator of the pilot program in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies at RISD)  gave a vivid and emotional lecture about Environmental Sociology and Urban Political Ecology.

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Thanks for special guest: Damian White

From Zhuang Tian (Viola)


The Visitors Hotel

The inspiration for the studio is a video installation by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called The Visitors. The piece is on 9 screens and it is 64minutes long. It is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.



Field trip in Boston, we experienced the video installation in an different way: we sense, we sketch, we analyze, we enjoy…


When we got back to studio, our thoughts and ideas were sparkling with each other through modeling, drawing and critic, trying to reconstruct and deconstruct concepts from music to architecture.


From Zhuang Tian (Viola)

Spring 2014 – Tiazzoldi Studio

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Rhode Island School of Design Spring 2014

3D Model Magazine

Elsa Peretti Studio
Critic: Caterina Tiazzoldi
Advisor at Elsa Peretti: Frank Arcaro
Aknowledgement: Linda Buckley, Raffaela Vartuli,
Stefano Palumbo

Students List:
Eugenia Rieutort-Louis
Rana Maad
Heeju Choi
Eugenie Yoojin Jeong
Sijia Yu
Ka Hong Jonathan Ng
Gabriella Gambino
Qianru Wang
Eun-Kyoung Shin
Yao Ding
Ece Ertunc
Yiling Chu


Studio 4: The Museum of Climate Change

This studio is divided into 3 groups: team ROK, team LOOP and team permeability.


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Thanks for Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Miranda Massie, and Damien Mcbride (from Brown University) who joined the presentation as critics.

For more information please check out each groups’ website.

Team ROK:

Team LOOP:

Team Permeability:

From Viola Tian