Over the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29, about 12 architecture students in the Fay Jones School participated in a workshop led by alumnus Andrew Saunders. The architecture department invited Saunders to visit the school to advance students’ ideas about alternative space making. In an intensive two-day workshop, students learned modeling techniques in Maya using subdivisional polygonal modeling to construct basic concepts of knot topology (see Rolfsen knot table). After learning how to control the software, the knots were transformed to intersect a cubic manifold and then fabricated. The models were prepared for fabrication using Autodesk 123D Make, then pieces were laser cut, or, in some cases, 3-D printed with the designShop’s new MakerBot ABS plastic printer and the ZPrinter 310. On Monday, Sept. 30, the students and representatives from their studio faculty discussed and reviewed the work created during the workshop. Students will continue to finalize their models and drawings to present in an exhibition later this semester.