Nicholas Bruscia holds both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Fine Arts Degrees from the University at Buffalo’s program in Media Architecture Computing.
His research has attempted to bridge manual methods with physical computing to create a digital fabrication process that is responsive to the material’s chemical characteristics. His project entitled Allotropic Systems consists of a series of digitally networked, heat sensitive, soft rubber molds that change their shape through a reflexive process of sensing the chemical heat gain of the poured material. The poured material in its liquid state thus determines the resultant static form of the cast unit.
More recent work is interested in the influence of digital manufacturing toward techniques used to employ manual machines by creating highly precise jigs able to produce close tolerances and results not easily attempted using digital means.
His work and efforts have been exhibited in London at the Architectural Association (AA | FAB symposium and exhibition), Berlin (Generator X 2.0 workshop), Torino (Piemonte Share Festival), Buffalo (Beyond-In WNY), New York (Center for Architecture and D3 Natural Systems exhibition), Minneapolis (ACADIA 2008: Silicon + Skin), Toronto (Come Up To My Room, 2009), and most recently at the University of Michigan (Taubman Gallery).