Elnaz Tafrihi

Computational Architecture, Interaction Design

RattlesNeck – Ignite Grant Recipient

Roads are not safe for cyclists.  In this report, we discuss the extent of this social challenge and innovative means to counteract cyclist risk.  To that end, we consider the following question: How might we increase driver and cyclist awareness in order to improve cyclist safety? To answer this question, we discuss user needs, pain…
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Alternate Earths


EnergyVR is a virtual reality energy analysis tool that uses EnergyPlus to help designers make informed design decisions on low-energy buildings. Users can analyze their design real-time based on changes made spatially or on different properties of the envelope, all in an immersive experience. The first prototype is based on a simplified model using the…
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Communication is essential, whether it’s through spoken language, text, or body language. For this project, our design goal was to make a wearable that bridges the gap between gestures and meaning, whether that’s for beneficial or sinister purposes.  Jester is a wearable that allows the wearer to communicate to other wearers through gestures such as…
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Optimized Connections: Hybrid Mutation Between Objects

This project explores the idea of creating cross-connections by blending between two scanned objects while taking into consideration their initial geometry. The selected items can be either related in terms of use or not, but they can be forgotten, reused objects that are viewed from a new perspective after connecting them. This method can open…
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Anti-Wumai Mask

Although 3D scanning and 3D printing are major technological advances that have found widespread use in different fields of design and engineering, bridging both methods is less explored. We used this crossover as a novel process to explore and inform design. As a case study, we developed a workflow that involved a 3D scanner, then…
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This project explores the concept of personal transportation that can perform beyond an inanimate object. By equipping a skateboard with pressure sensors and a projector, we created a meaningful personal connection between skater and skateboard. Consider the skateboard your new companion — with needs and a life of its own.  Through these interactions, we were…
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Urban Hack: Combining 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

This research project explores the possibilities of 3D scanning in the realm of architectural design, and explores the use of the resulting data to inform design of 3d printed objects that will custom fit and interact with existing architectural spaces, and interact with users. The user has the opportunity to modify and 3D print these…
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Abu Simbel Visitors’ Center

Designed with zero-energy aspirations, this visitors’ center is designed at the historic site of Abu Simbel temples, in the challenging climate of Aswan, Egypt. Passive strategies played an important role in this project including evaporative cooling, natural ventilation, natural light, and also in order to reduce the cooling load of the building. Cooling is achieved using…
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Real-Time Structural Analysis

  The aim of this project is to enhance the ability of designers to visualize and compute structural analysis within a short period of time. As a real time interactive tool, its intention is to familiarize people with everyday shell structures as well as assist in early stage form finding. Based on loading conditions that…
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