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2021: A Steam Odyssey

Soomeen Hahm’s AR-Focused Exhibition
‘2021: A Steam Odyssey’ to Open July 30
Soomeen Hahm: 2021: a steam odyssey
July 30 – August 29, 2021

Design Team: Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic, Hanjun Kim
Construction Team: DaeWoong Kim, Shun Sasaki
App Design: MoFei Li
Video Edit: Yiguan Liu
Consultant: Format Engineers

2021: A Steam Odyssey by SCI-Arc design faculty and robotics researcher Soomeen Hahm, will open July 30 in the SCI-Arc Gallery. A live, discussion between Hahm and special guests will take place virtually on August 4 at 6pm PT. The exhibition will present the ongoing research of SoomeenHahm Design, a London-based design studio helmed by Hahm, into application of augmented reality technologies and their impact on architectural design and construction. Exhibited work has been designed and developed together with Igor Pantic, a London-based architect and designer.

2021: A Steam Odyssey is conceptualized around the notion that making in AR reinvigorates traditional craftsmanship by augmenting hand and material skills with the precision and formal possibilities of digital modeling—occupying the territory between purely automated, exclusively robotically-driven fabrication and highly crafted processes requiring human labor.

The centerpiece of the exhibition, designed in collaboration with Igor Pantic, is a structure built out of steam-bent hardwood using primitive hand tools augmented with the precision of intelligent holographic guides. It explores alternative strategies for the fabrication of digitally designed architectural structures, utilizing cutting-edgem, head-mounted devices (HMDs) to holographically assist workers in the manufacturing and assembly of highly varied components using traditional craft techniques.

The exhibition piece itself, which is a full-scale section of a larger inhabitable space, represents a next step in the evolution of the SoomeenHamh Design’s ongoing research into complex timber structures, assembled with the assistance of AR. It builds on the methodology developed for the 2019 Tallinn Biennale Steampunk Pavilion (designed by Hahm, Pantic, Gwyllim Jahn, and Cameron Newnham), further expanding it in the realm of fully functional space.

“It is crucial to understand that augmented reality-assisted fabrication is not seen as an alternative to automation and robotics, but rather aims to expand the understanding of automated production,” explains Hahm. “We are interested in exploring the interaction between human, machine, and data, and their mutual relationships throughout computational design and fabrication processes—2021: A Steam Odyssey builds on this idea.”

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Project Credit:
SoomeenHahm Design & Igor Pantic
Design Team:
Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic, Hanjun Kim
Construction Team:
DaeWoong Kim, Shun Sasaki
App Design:
MoFei Li
Video Edit:
Yiguan Liu
Format Engineers

SCI-Arc Directors
Hernan Diaz Alonso, John Enright

SCI-Arc Staffs
Gabriel Henandez, Emil Tatevosian, Reginald Benson, Stephanie Atlan, Marija Radisavljevic

Special Thanks to
Lou Xiao
Minxuo Qi
Ji Qi
Shelley Luo
Jiin Jeong
Kevin Foley
Ilaria Lu
Alexandeos Lewis
Jonah Klinghoffer
Burak Celik
SangHyun Suh
Eva Besmerti
Carlo Stuken

The Architect’s Newspaper

Fabrication Process

Concept Render

Project Video

AR Walk Through

Exhibition Walk Through

Livestream Event

Lecture [ Edit ]

Process Documentation [ Edit ]

Concept Presentation [ Edit ]

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