Robert Vaivodiss

M.Arch, B.S.Arch, LEED Green Associate

Art Factory

Spring 2020 | Design + Research Studio II

Community Makerspace in the Age of Automation

Chicago is a vertically dense city and in the year 2080 it will grow upwards even quicker. Buildings begin to cast larger shadows onto other buildings which makes receiving daylight a challenge especially at lower floors and side lit spaces. Additionally, Chicago is overcast for 70% of the year, so skylight from the zenith is more useful. To solve the problem of daylighting, this community makerspace employs a variety of zenithal lighting methods to bring much needed natural light to its workspaces and galleries without excessively depending on side lighting and artificial lighting during the day. 

Due to extensive advances in automation by the year 2080 and the misuse of the technology, people do not know how to make things or think for themselves because automation overtook even the more creative tasks. The Art Factory makerspace aims to allow the community to join in together to explore how their world is made and to express their creativity and thinking through various forms of art and making. The makerspace focuses around four key production types: painting, sculpture, general craft, and digital. There are studio and gallery spaces dedicated to each production type, as well as a large workshop for larger projects. The goal is to use automation as a tool to facilitate creative production through autonomous supply flows rather than overtaking creativity. 


Robert Vaivodiss

Deva Shree Saini


2nd Place Dagmar Epsten Environmental Vision Prize

Velux Competition Board