Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak about his pioneering work in Transformable Design with projects that range from hand-held toys to large-scale structures. He will discuss the creative process that led to 10°, currently on view at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, and how this work draws on research collaborations at the Wyss Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Chuck Hoberman seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. His art has been exhibited around the world over the last 20 years. He created the transforming video screen for U2's 360° world tour (2009-2011); the Hoberman Arch in Salt Lake City, installed for the Winter Olympic Games (2002); a retractable dome for the World's Fair in Hanover, Germany (2000); andEmergent Surface (2008) shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Hoberman recently joined the Wyss Institute as an Associate Faculty member and was appointed the Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Design Engineering at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD). He has played a leading role in Harvard-wide initiatives intended to bridge the gap between design and science. This fall, he is serving as an inaugural faculty member for Harvard's new collaborative Master in Design Engineering (MDE) program, shared by the GSD and Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).