The inaugural Interdisciplinary Design Conversation, launched by the MIT International Design Center (IDC), will feature designer and inventor Chuck Hoberman, who is a visiting scholar at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters, and structures for aerospace.
Examples of Hoberman’s commissioned work include the transforming video screen for U2’s 360 degrees world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and exhibits at a number of major museums. In 2008, he co-founded the Adaptive Building Initiative with the global engineering firm Buro Happold, which has since built a series of dynamic facades and operable roofs in the U.S., Japan, and the Middle East. Hoberman has over 20 patents for his transformable inventions, and has won numerous awards for his designs. He also teaches at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.