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Congratulations to the 3MT Winners!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition asks University of Waterloo research-based master's students to have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience.

Congratulations to Waterloo Architecture students who placed in the Architecture faculty heats on Friday March 3.

1st place - Christopher Chan

2nd place - Georgiana Nicoara

3rd place - Anne Sewell​

Christopher Chan will go on to compete in the university final competition on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages (ML) building. Attend the final competition.

The Ontario Provincial 3MT will take place on April 12, 2017 at the CIGI campus.

FIRST PLACE - Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan thesis slide

My thesis looks at investigating how bio inspired materials can be used as an alternate form of construction technique on Mars. Our current methods of construction involve large amounts of manufacturing energy and transportation in order to create our buildings. This method is likely not going to be the future of architecture on Mars, due to the fact that cost of transporting materials to Mars is untimely and expensive. Therefore, I am looking at how a bio inspired approach might be paired alongside additive manufacturing techniques, like 3D printing, in order to grow architecture with in situ materials. For instance, we could take the model that a silk worm uses. This tiny worm is able to spin a sophisticated 3D cocoon houses  from protein fibers it makes itself. Ultimately the research conducted through material investigations, will help inform a design proposal unlike much of what we see in our science fiction today.

SECOND PLACE - Georgiana Nicoara

Georgiana thesis slide
Ifansasti, Ulet. "Indonesia Commemorates Birth Of Buddah." Digital image. Getty Images. May 17, 2011. Accessed March 6, 2017. 

The Borobudur Temple is where 2 million Buddhists from around Indonesia gather to practice and to celebrate the life of Buddha. It holds a spiritual importance to practicing monks as they have an innate understanding of the space because they pursue the practices that the temple lends itself to and in return are able to reach higher states of consciousness. To develop a better understanding of the physical space of spirituality and our involvement in it, this thesis analyzes the Buddhist architecture of the Borobudur Temple through the relationship between the space, the practice, and the affect. The space involves the physical, social and mental environment. The practice consists of the voluntary repetition of interaction, such as rituals with the temple and the affect is the resulting effects, physically, mentally and consciously. When architects have the proper knowledge, they can design buildings that lend themselves to our rituals, in turn allowing us to engage with the architecture to create more meaningful existence.

THIRD PLACE - Anne Sewell​

Anne Sewell thesis slide

Through the design of a non-formal learning network using information and communication technology (ICT), access to education can be increased in rural areas where current schooling infrastructure fails to provide education for all due to socio-economic constraints or physical location. Positioned throughout these remote communities, learning nodes of different scales will incorporate spaces catering to local practices, ICT, and improved essential infrastructure, such as water and sanitation.  

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