About

  • Ofer Asaf
    Ofer Asaf
  • Ryan Purati, Rotational Casting
    Ryan Purati, Rotational Casting
  • Eytan Mann, VR collaborative design workshop
    Eytan Mann, VR collaborative design workshop
  • keren Li Bar-Sinai, Informing Grounds
    keren Li Bar-Sinai, Informing Grounds
  • Hadar Ben Avraham
    Hadar Ben Avraham
  • Tom Shaked, Robotic Stone Carving
    Tom Shaked, Robotic Stone Carving
  • Tamar Nix, Thread of Thought
    Tamar Nix, Thread of Thought
  • PhD researcher Ofer Asaf giving a workshop about robotic manufacturing
    PhD researcher Ofer Asaf giving a workshop about robotic manufacturing
  • Eytan Mann, Digital Heritage
    Eytan Mann, Digital Heritage
  • Robotic Groundscaping, from Keren Li Bar Sinai’s Thesis
    Robotic Groundscaping, from Keren Li Bar Sinai’s Thesis
  • Final presentation of Virtual Real Environments by Eytan Mann
    Final presentation of Virtual Real Environments by Eytan Mann
The Material Topology Research Lab (MTRL) is a transdisciplinary research group working in the field of computational design, robotics, and spatial simulation, exploring unique visualization, simulation, and fabrication tools that are changing the way we imagine, make, and inform our physical and cultural environments.

The work at MTRL aims at harnessing advanced research through design methods stemming from human-machine interactions along with a deep cultural investment. Through computational design methods, we see innovation as stemming from intervening and reappropriating traditional craft as Digital Craft; identifying and merging tangible and intangible heritage assets into Digital Heritage; recognizing and exploiting environmental transformation in the emergence of Digital Groundscape. We employ a hybrid approach to design research, combining data-driven methods with critical thinking, and theoretical contextualization. We aim to rethink and redefine relations between humans and machines through the design and bridging of computational and material realms, virtual and physical interfaces.

Design Research Strategies: Forms – Formations – Information

    • Human-Machine Forms: The research at the lab employs machine intelligence as means of augmenting a human-centered approach to design.
    • Environmental Formations: Our physical environment incorporates natural and cultural processes to be harnessed as a driving force for design and research.
    • Material Information: We blend physical and virtual materiality in an attempt to capture and represent an inherent instability in physical land cultural materiality. We develop advanced technologies for the future by learning from our cultural past and heritage.

 

Amado Building, Ground Floor | Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning | Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 3200003, Israel

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