Filament Tower explores computational design and robotic fabrication of lightweight fiber composite structures for architectural applications. The project explores new methods of design and fabrication in order to incorporate the use of these performative materials in architectural design resulting in more material-efficient and sustainable construction practices for the future. The tower will stand at over 30 ft. tall and cover an area of 85 square feet. It will consist of 27 adaptively wound, multi-nodal glass and carbon fiber components, which serve as the foundation for the structure and seating for visitors.

Marshall Prado is an assistant professor of structural technology at the University of Tennessee. He holds a bachelor of architecture from North Carolina State University and advanced degrees as a master of architecture and a master of design studies in technology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Marshall has previously taught at Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart, where he is currently working on a doctorate on robotic fabrication of fiber composite structure in architecture. He has has been an invited studio critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan and the Wentworth Institute of Technology and has led several workshops on digital design and fabrication techniques. His current research interests include the integration of computation and fabrication techniques into material systems and spatial design strategies.

The city of Columbus has a rich architectural history, one that is filled with modernist treasures and “cutting-edge” design. These buildings showcase how novel architectural ideas and design exploration can strengthen a city, providing a robust, diverse, performative and sustainable urban environment.