Oliver Moldow is a student at University of California at Berkeley. His major, The Architecture of Innovative Design, was one of his own recent innovations. This major is the intersection of architectural frameworks applied to design of different scales, including product, software, engineering, and industrial design.
In addition to his artistic and academic pursuits, Oliver enjoys designing, prototyping, and fabricating new inventions. Oliver plans to continue a path of creativity, innovation, and imagination. He hopes to further his skills while continuing to bring a spirit of adventure and curiosity to his work and life.
In collaboration with professor and artist Greg Niemeyer and artist Olya Dubatova, I prototyped and fabricated a representation of the Tzar Bell in Russia. This project was designed using Arduino as well as hand-cut and laser-cut wood to build the eight foot structure. The art installation debuted in the Riddoch Gallery in Mount Gambier, Australia.
This project for Flexible Hybrid Structures was designed to help solve the current greenhouse shading system’s persistent failure due to mechanical stress. Using wood veneer, laser-cut acrylic, and 3D-printed triangles, our design team engineered a hygroscopic, humidity-activated system for shading tropical plants in Northern California. When the veneer is waterlogged, the wood fibers expand and cause a curling effect, opening apertures on the facade of the greenhouse. Conversely, the panels flatten and close as they dry, which shades the plants from the harsh afternoon sun.
For Design Innovation 22 we were tasked with creating a bluetooth-controlled vehicle to traverse an obstacle course. The only stipulation was that the vehicle could not have wheels.
For Architecture Studio we were tasked with designing and building a paper massing model of a building originally drafted by a specific architect. Designed by Toyo Ito, the U-house was first constructed in Japan in 1976. My rendition shows the void space in the original house as mass, putting the emphasis on the spaciality of the house's construction.
This final project for Architecture 11B utilized the massing model pieces from the U-House, re-orienting them to create an entirely new form. I then was able to hollow out the massing and draft a series of plans, sections, renderings as well as a model from the original pieces.