"We are a collaborative research studio aimed at exploring, fostering and developing ideas that will shape the future of design and information technology."

The Design Machine Group @ UW

The Design Machine Group (DMG) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research group open to students from several degree streams, including the Department of Architecture's MS, MArch, and BA programs, as well as students from the iSchool, HCDE, and CSE. Our aim is to explore and develop ideas with the power to shape the software, technology and conceptual paradigms at the intersection of digital technologies, design, and built environments. The projects developed in the DMG, including explorations in human-computer interaction, fabrication, ubiquitous computing, touch, and lighting, focus on demonstrating new ways of engaging this evolving situation. The DMG is located in G52 Architecture Hall.

Featured Project: SRA Architecture

The twenty first century is an era of invention and innovation of new technologies in building automation. Automation is utilized in almost all phases of the building's life cycle. This thesis investigates the utilization of building automation technologies during calamities such as: earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and etc.. Many measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on buildings and human life.. There are bylaws that architects have to follow while designing a building in earthquake zones or flood prone areas. However, it is not enough: channeling the emerging technologies into the design process can be useful ... Read More