Knoxville Transit Stop

How can 3D printing create a instrument for engaging nature?


Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is well suited to quickly constructing small structures. By expanding on the concepts embodied in the recently completed AMIE (additive manufacturing integrated energy prototype) this group of UT Architecture students were able to envision a small, stand alone transit stop for Knoxville. The studio also examined issues of public transit, including current busses and the future of automomous vehicles.


James Richard Rose

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Director of Institute for Smart Structures, College of Architecture + Design
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP

Deputy Governor's Chair, Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Maged Guerguis

Senior Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Interactive Environment

The site selected for the studio of Spring 2016 was in central Knoxville at the junction of a high-traffic and low-traffic street. Students were challenged to explore how the citizens using the transit stop could leverage the project as a means of interacting with the natural environment in a novel way.

How can a small building enter into a dialogue with nature to facilitate our ability to perceive place beyond the conventional experience?

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Exploring Additive Manufacturing

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Students Contributors:

Summer Abston, Kirby Balch, Lauren Buntemeyer, Lindsey Clark, Mark Nickell, Andy Russell, Dustin Toothman, Ben Vega, Kendra Whitaker