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On Thursday, the projects of the Experimental Structures seminar (Lightweight Structures 1:1 3rd edition) were exhibited at IAAC. Groups of students explored the applications of composite textiles and other lightweight materials in the fabrication of a large sphere, using the principals active tension, tensegrity, and expansion/contraction. Through the designing of a sphere, or its components, the intention was to focus on geometry and structural behavior, rather than habitability or otherwise architectural applications. The students worked transversely between digital and analog methods, using specific digital tooling for fabric pattering in complex geometries and CNC machine hacking. The seminar was lead by IAAC Academic Director Silvia Brandi and assisted by IAAC Alumni Alejandro Martinez del Campo and Robert Douglas McKaye. Composite textile sponsorship was provided by Serge Ferrari. Additional jury members consisted of IAAC Faculty Maria Kupstova and computational faculty Rodrigo Aguirre.
See Students’ projects here.
Today were the final presentations for the Bifurcation seminar led by Mark Burry, Senior Architect of the Sagrada Familia. Inspired by Gaudi´s columns in Sagrada familia, the workshop explored firstly the possibilities linked to the description and representation of columns and the creation of a potentially underlying geometrical guide, and secondly, how to branch columns and join them elegantly to the trunk.
Every group had the opportunity to design through computational methods and later built their columns using “Gaudi´s column machine”, PVC half pipes and a lot of plaster. This direct connection between the digital design and physical modelling led the students to a more embedded understanding of both learning experiences and integrate one with the other.
Tonight our guest lecturer Oscar Tomico, invited as part of the spring Lecture Series 2015, discussed innovation in the form of the combination of soft materials with high technology with us, and which has led to the development of so-called Smart Textiles. These are of strategic importance for the European textile industry to sustain their competitive edge and to counter threats from low-labor cost producers. However, there is little research done on how to design with smart textiles besides the design of the smart textile itself. Fashion design takes a highly conceptual approach paying not enough attention to the dynamic qualities that the smart textiles afford, neither the transformation of the wearer into a user. The software and HCI community take a cognitive approach, using the same paradigm to design software to make what are so called wearables. The result is that the designs made hardly leave the catwalk or the gadget realm. In the Wearable Senses Lab at TU/e Industrial Design we research how to bring technology close to the body in a meaningful way. With a strong emphasis on theory like phenomenology, somaesthetics and new materialism we explore how textiles can be dynamic, behave & change properties based on our way of being & living. We experience interaction as a performance in everyday life. We design people’s intimate relation with technology by using our own bodies to ideate, explore and prototype in context.