exploring and prototyping passively sustainable solutions with arckit

Project ARCKIT is a multi-disciplinary project using ARCKIT, a modular component system to explore and understand hyper efficient Architectural designs. For the past two years, the project has become a portfolio, documenting our ideas and solutions in holistically sustainable and passive design. With weekly and monthly blog and video posts, we demonstrate the process behind sustainable design topics through rapid prototyping, physical modeling, construction/building assemblies, topography studies and computer information modeling. The project has evolved to become an education initiative where the team is working on researching and designing hyper efficient and cost effective homes that address inadequacies of current disaster relief and community building projects, both domestic and international.

Imagine a building system that makes designing and constructing architectural models simple, relatively cheap, and clean? What if the pieces held one’s hand were designed to reflect modern-day building techniques, conforming not only to international building regulations but also accessibility codes? What if common architectural elements like walls, floors, roofs, trusses, columns, and windows were all single units that could snap together? What if floor plans could be constructed in minutes, easily communicating ideas to a friend, professor, supervisor, or client? What if modeling was so fast and efficient, it could be a platform for rapid prototyping, quickly and efficiently "sketching" ideas in three dimensions? Most importantly, what if one could just concentrate on the design rather than being distracted by the building process? Simply put, ARCKIT embodies all the above and more.

How it started?

A summer studio experience provided a new inspirational outlook on passive sustainable features, building assemblies and physical modeling. Melding these concepts together into one project, we use Arckit, an award-winning precision architectural model making system that let's users physically design, build and modify a scaled structure. With a series of interconnecting modular parts, the clean and simple workflow allows for continuous modifications keeping up with the fastest of imaginations. Designed by architects to bring versatile construction, physical and digital platforms, an applied texture library and an ever expanding component list, the possibilities are endless with Arckit.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments, I would love to hear from you through email to rikysongsu@gmail.com. Feel free to send me pictures or videos of your own creations, I always enjoy seeing all your models. For information regarding Arckit, visit www.arckit.com.

Thank you to all that have and will continue to support this adventure!

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