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Skylar Tibbits
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and Self-Assembly Lab, MIT Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits knows his way around the fourth dimension—time, that is. In 2013, Tibbits, the head of MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, coined the term "4D printing" to describe a key area of his research in programmable material technologies, wherein materials are imbued with characteristics that allow them to change shape over time. He is also the founder of design and research firm SJET, which explores topics of generative design and digital fabrication.

A trained architect, Tibbits has previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, and Point B Design. Along with co-directing the Self-Assembly Lab and running SJET, he is currently a research scientist in MIT's Department of Architecture, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate studios. (Read ARCHITECT's 2013 profile of Tibbits here.) We chatted with Tibbits about the future of the architecture and design profession, and how failure is invaluable, and even welcomed, in the pursuit of innovation.


Episode 10: MIT's Skylar Tibbits on Failing Fast. [SoundCloud] + [iTunes]

This episode was produced by Hallie Busta, Austin Heller, and Wanda Lau.

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The 3D-printed "Rock Print" installation was designed for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and MIT's Self-Assembly Lab.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and Self-Assembly Lab, MIT The 3D-printed "Rock Print" installation was designed for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and MIT's Self-Assembly Lab.
A robotic arm positions the granular, rock-like material around layers of textile filament.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and Self-Assembly Lab, MIT A robotic arm positions the granular, rock-like material around layers of textile filament.
The result is a freestanding construction that can hold a distinctive shape.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and Self-Assembly Lab, MIT The result is a freestanding construction that can hold a distinctive shape.