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Cocabot rocks the building

The recipe: three students, one wooden push-puppet and a very tight deadline. The brief: create a 40-second YouTube clip that explains cutting-edge Kiwi seismic engineering. The result: three tired students and one cool Massey “Cocabot”!

The new College of Creative Arts (CoCA) building on the Wellington campus is the first to use a post-tensioned timber seismic frame a concept that Consultant engineer Alistair Cattanach compares to a push-puppet toy, with wires that stretch then spring into shape.

Leo Chida, Nikko Hull and Ly Nguyen used the push-puppet analogy and their own creative flair to explain the engineering. Their project was run through Open Lab, Massey’s incubator, where emerging designers learn to work on real life projects. They were supervised by digital media lecturer Tanya Marriott.

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