I am a TA for the third year architecture studio at IIT this semester (similar to last semester) and I find myself constantly impressed by the students and instructors in that program. It's great to be around them as they bring a lot of energy and talent that you can feed off of and learn from. Their project this semester is concrete based, so this week as a studio they did a series of experimental pours to try and better understand the process and the material. Eventually we would like to catalog the results and make a handy pamphlet.
If you are interested you can also see what they are up to throughout the semester by following the studio's Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iitcoa3rdyr/
My project this semester is a prefabricated home, and i have been doing a lot of research on prefabrication and its benefits. I ran across this project on ArchDaily and was impressed. Its not the prettiest building, but the intention and innovation is there. Hope to see more of this thinking come stateside.