Stephen Colar

MIT Department: Architecture

Undergraduate Institution: Tuskegee University

Faculty Mentor: Larry Sass

Websites: LinkedIn,Twitter

2018 Research Poster


Hello, my name is Stephen Colar Jr., and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am majoring in Architecture at the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS) at the illustrious Tuskegee University. In my research I focus on two aspects. The first is the relationship between architecture and its ability to influence and improve the built environment. My second interest is on how architectural design can be affordable while also elevating the quality of life. At a glance, my hobbies include playing sports, learning computer programs and working out.  My goal is to become a licensed architect, after obtaining a specialized graduate degree, and later to own my own architecture firm.

2018 Research Abstract

The Dominate Way to Design Housing for the Poorest People is by Reduction in Quality

Far too frequently, low-quality design is the go-to when providing housing for those without financial means. This is because students of design are often taught that those who are less fortunate should just be grateful and accept the bare minimum. Why not change the way we think about this issue? Through the means of technology and digital fabrication, we aim to make high-quality housing accessible for the poor. LuBan is the program frequently used in digital fabrication, but it is still in the early stages of development and limits the designer in creativity, size, and style. Here, we overcome these challenges in LuBan by means of trial and error. Once we go through the process of design and fabricating the model, we are able to see what design styles can work. In LuBan there is also a projected time that the whole process should take. This helps to see if we are on track or if the design is too much of a challenge. Assembling can also become an obstacle because the design needs to be easy enough for the average person to put together. We determined that, since structure walls are formed like puzzle pieces in LuBan, it is best to design prototypes that contain primarily 180, 90, or 45-degree angles. This will allow the parts to fit more securely and will make them easier to assemble. With the progress we have made in this program as a base, it will be beneficial to continue to see how to improve LuBan; Doing so will lead to better fabricated prototypes.