Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Architecture
Nicholas Bruscia’s current teaching and research experiment with form and structure via computational simulation and material prototyping.
Since 2012, he has been co-directing research toward lightweight, thin-gauge sheet metal structures, focusing on the digital workflow associated with the design and realization of large-scale prototypes. The work has been made possible through close collaboration with local manufacturers in an ongoing attempt to bridge academic research with long-practiced material expertise. While in Tokyo, Nick directs a summer study abroad program leading an in-situ studio that seeks to propose ‘adaptive metrics’ as flexible alternatives to documenting and measuring the city’s complex and ever-changing urban context.
Marking the City
BY NICK BRUSCIA
@ VOL 92
ON MAY 30, 2012
An impromptu and ad-libbed Tokyo fiction deriving meaning from a mundane observation -- street annotations and mysterious tags, both written and physically placed. It is imagined that these tags embed another layer of information into the city by casting invisible perimeters within which encoded experiences are left behind and felt by others through ubiquitous mobile / augmented-reality devices. Tokyo is remapped through visual and physical sensations that overlap, fade away, and are activated by the weather or proximity, and offer an ephemerality akin to Tokyo's ever changing urban fabric. (in English)
BY NICK BRUSCIA
@ VOL 115
ON JUN 25, 2014
After discovering leftover material from Kikutake's 1970 Osaka Expo tower, architectural researcher Nick Bruscia and his students began experimenting with textured stainless steel sheets to create a system of woven face frames. Its reflection of sunlight and resistance to winde make the installation's specular quality and the structural integrity one in the same. Nick comments that he is trying to create knowledge about materials, rather than implement knowledge.
"Presentation of the Day" on July 18, 2014.