5th Biennial Design Science Symposium
Detailed Schedule

April 15–17, 2016
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Programming will take place in the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center (20 N. Main Street), at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street), at Prov/Wash (20 Washington Place) and Co-Works (212 Union Street).


Please note that due to Saturday lectures running long, Saturday afternoon workshops are being pushed back 1/2 hour.

Friday, April 15th Saturday, April 16th Sunday, April 17th

Chace Center
Chace Center
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Pradeep Sharma, Ph.D., RISD Provost
Carol Giuriceo, Ph.D., RI STEM Center Director
Simone Palmer, M.D., RIDE Science & Technology Specialist
Barbara Wong, Providence City Arts Director

Chace Center
Keynote Presentation: Bill Browning
Biophilic Design & Bioinspired Innovation: Bridging the Natural and Built Environments

Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists. Early in his career, Bill helped build Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 1991, he founded Green Development Services at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an entrepreneurial non-profit. Beginning in 2004, Bill was the Director of Design and Environment for Haymount, a New Urbanist community in Virginia. In 2005, he co-founded Browning+Bannon LLC, an independent real estate and consulting firm focused on environmentally responsive development.

Bill received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from University of Colorado, specializing in energy-conscious architecture and resource management. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT, where he was awarded the MIT Center for Real Estate’s 1991 Public-Sector Fellowship, and, in 1995, the Charles H. Spaulding Award. In 1998 Bill was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine. In 2001, he was selected as an honorary member of the AIA, and in 2004 he received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award.

In 2006, Bill founded Terrapin with longtime partners Bob Fox, Rick Cook and Chris Garvin to craft environmental strategies for corporations, governments, and real estate developments.
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Chace Center
Keynote Presentation: Rebecca Kamen
Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science

Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and various scientific fields. She has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Cajal Institute in Madrid, utilizing these significant scientific collections in the creation of her work.

Kamen received an MA in art education from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. She was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Recently, as an artist in residence at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, presenting a lecture on “The Neuroscience of Art.”

Currently, as professor emeritus of art at Northern Virginia Community College, Kamen continues to investigate how creativity can be used to enhance innovation and our understanding of science.
Chace Center
Keynote Presentation: Haresh Lalvani

Haresh Lalvani, Ph.D., sculptor, architect, morphologist, visual mathematician, inventor, and a professor at Pratt Institute, has been working for over 30 years to “decode the morphological genome” – essentially, identifying the principles underlying natural and man made forms. While most of us live in three dimensions, Lalvani lives in a genomic world of several hundred dimensions or more and has dedicated himself to sequencing the morphological genome. In sequencing the morphological genome and sculpting works derived from such principles, Lalvani stands at the dawn of genomic art, as Alberti did at the dawn of perspective painting and Picasso at the dawn of Cubism.

Lalvani’s principal concern is with the relationship between genetic codes and sculptural creation, and more specifically, between “genomics”–sculpture derived from formal rules, and “epigenomics”–works created through external agents like forces, respectively. Intrinsic to Lalvani’s creative process is the balance between two dimensional and three dimensional concepts.
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Chace Center
Special Award Presentation
Different Locations
Concurrent Workshops
2-hour hands-on sessions exploring design science principles and practices.

Pneuhaus: Mathew Muller, August Lehrecke and Levi Bedall Soft Packing
Moore Terrace
Come explore Pneuhaus' latest iteration of Pneumatic Masonry and learn about how to create large structures with inflated spheres. This building system combines pure space filling geometry with the flexible nature of soft spheres to facilitate many new types of structure. Participants will explore the possibilities of the system throughout the workshop and will come together at the end to create a large structure.

Thomas T. K. Zung and Joseph ClintonORCoD: Saving the Ocean Environment Using a Small Dome for a Big Problem
Nature Lab Room 11
The$52 billion BP oil spill of 2010 showcased the need for new strategies to prevent future environmental disasters of this kind. In Part 1 of this workshop Buckminster Fuller partner Thomas T. K. Zung will share the invention of the Oil Recovery Containment geodesic Dome (ORCoD) for safeguarding the marine environment during deep sea oil exploration. The ORCoD invention has been nominated by RISD- Nature Lab, Stanford University and Lord Norman Foster for the 2016 ENI Prize for Protection of the Environment. Part 2 will involve constructing two cardboard dome models, the Fuller ‘buckyball’; and, the two frequency geodesic dome. All workshop participants may take home their own kit.

Tetteh Tawiah Deconstructing The Platonic Solids
Nature Lab Room 12
Manipulatives are concrete objects that allow students to explore an idea or concept in a developmentally appropriate, hands on, experiencing way. Today the research is irrefutable, manipulatives are integral to learning at all levels of emotional and mental development, across numerous fields where spatial reasoning is indispensable and kinesthetic ability can be used to enhance cognitive development. Regardless of your age or level of education there is plenty to explore and challenge you in this fun, hands-on workshop using a unique three-dimensional manipulative. Educators, parents and hobbyist can assist children in structured curriculum courses or it can be used in a minimally guided free flowing enrichment program.

Dennis Dreher and Nick TomlinHappy Campers: The Octabug Workshop
Prov Wash Room 215
The Octabug workshop is a building session where participants will construct a working paper model of Buckminster Fuller’s “Jitterbug” from kits provided. This is a chance to meet with transformational geometry- shapes changing from one geometry to another, and share in an exciting collaborative experience.

Stephanie Smelser and Stephanie Johnson A look at the Moon and Beyond through a STEAM Lens; Curriculum Ideas for STEAM teaching PS-8th
Waterman Building Room 43
Join us for a Moon study blast off that will inspire students and teachers back on Earth! We will engage in hands­-on explorations and discussions on how to extend standards­ based curricula to add STEAM­ rich layers in organic and relevant ways. Our workshop will emphasize the interconnectedness and bonds of the STEAM disciplines and give you better understanding and inspiration for the scope of this type of learning. Our goal is to share our STEAM process with you and to send you off with several examples of STEAM units so you will be ready to blast off!

Melita MoralesMotion Compositions: Exploring Simple Mechanisms Through STEAM
Co-Works (212 Union Street)
Pushing beyond the four corners of a canvas, or the static mass of a sculpture, the expression of movement in art has long been an interest for many kinetic artists. From piano playing automata, to the beach walking sculptures of Theo Jansen, simple mechanisms power otherworldly aesthetic experiences. Experimentation and aesthetic vision are primary in this workshop, while we use hands-on, constructivist techniques to compose motion through a STEAM exploration that weaves together engineering, art, math, and storytelling. Our tools will range from traditional (think scissors and glue) to contemporary (computer + laser cutter). We will investigate the question, “How can simple movements abstract a narrative about the human experience and teach us about the inner workings of machines?"

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break

Pneuhaus: Mathew Muller, August Lehrecke and Levi BedallSoft Packing
Moore Terrace
Come explore Pneuhaus' latest iteration of Pneumatic Masonry and learn about how to create large structures with inflated spheres. This building system combines pure space filling geometry with the flexible nature of soft spheres to facilitate many new types of structure. Participants will explore the possibilities of the system throughout the workshop and will come together at the end to create a large structure.

Don Briddell Field Structure Workshop
Prov Wash Room 215
"Fieldstructures" delineate how loops can intersect and knot to produce polyhedra forms. Fieldstructures define the energy circuitry of each platform using the quark interpretation of the Standard Model in physics. The three loops explain how the three quarks interact to produce the first generation of particle form. In this workshop, the loops will be made from pre-cut plastic tubing and dowels. We will make the first three platforms of structure, named in Structural Skew Topmetry (SST)as Structor, SuperStructor and Mala. These platforms of structure are the equivalent to the natural forms of particles, atoms and molecules. This will be explained as we build the structures.

Vanessa DeNino and Katie Gui Natural Dyes: Fact and Fiction
Nature Lab Room 11
Learn about the science behind dying fabric! ¡CityArts! AmeriCorps teaching artist Katie Gui talks about the process of using raw materials, such as fruits and vegetables, to dye a variety of fabric swatches. Attendees will be able to understand basic processes of natural dying, experiment with different materials and contextualize the process that impacts textile production.

Stephen Metcalf and Carl FasanoSix-Strut Tensegrity
Moore Terrace
At the workshop participants will learn to make a six-strut tensegrity model using wooden sticks and monofilament. Then we will build a larger structure using the six-strut tensegrities as nodes or corners of the larger structure. Many hands make light work of building an experimental structure.

Joseph Clinton and Amy Leidtke A Kaleidoscope of “A Chiral Transformation of the Icosahedron”
Nature Lab Room 12
Integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is the core to the STEM approach for developing educational curriculum. A comprehensive anticipatory design science method for applying the synergetic ART of making connections is needed for STEM to become STEAM. In this workshop the comprehensive anticipatory design science method will be described together with how it could be applied to linking mutiple disciplines. The discussion will be followed by hands-on model making. A short animation along with a physical sculptured Kaleidoscope will be shown.

Ann Kaiser Nature and the NGSS: Engineering Bio-Inspired Systems and Materials
Waterman Building Room 43
The NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) suggest the incorporation of Engineering into K-12 education, creating the opportunity for some interesting transdisciplinary projects and curriculum. Join Ann Kaiser, educator, engineer, and founder of ProjectEngin, in thinking about how biomimicry can support engineering curriculum in the classroom. This workshop will look at modeling natural systems and process in order to highlight the systems-based crosscutting concepts of the NGSS. Inputs and outputs of natural systems and their connection to human technologies will be modeled and investigated. In addition, we will examine bio-inspired materials designed for new technologies. Students can investigate nature’s approach to providing material solutions to minimize weight, increase strength, and enhance function. There is a strong focus on form and function in terms of micro- and macro-structures, along with a consideration of the roles of patterns and symmetry. Hands-on activities will be modeled and include designing light-weight, high-strength matrices, along with an investigation of chemical and physical structures that assist in adhesion.

Moore Terrace (outside of RISD Museum)
Pneuhaus Inflatable Structures Event

Symposium participants are invited to co-create a large outdoor inflatable sculpture with Pneuhaus, a design collective that works within the fields of spatial design and temporary structures. Pneuhaus is Matthew Muller (RISD BFA ’14, Furniture Design), August Lehrecke (RISD BFA ’14, Furniture Design), and Levi Bedall (Ohio State BS ’14, Architecture).
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