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Material Systems Project

Process Videos + Animations – An Exploration in Responsive Variation


Material Systems Project

The Material Systems Project is comprised of both rigid and soft fields of modular components. Through curvature analysis, context studies, and environmental conditions on site, a double layered system is deployed to enhance architectural and populational performances.
The system has been studied through a series of scenarios in order to understand its performative effects in a particular context. Through the control of local parameters, one can start to control the systems regional parameters. The result is the development of a system that can now control global conditions in and around the context situated.
The systems architectural performances shift from shading device – to – photovoltaic energy collector – to – occupiable seating. It acts as ground, wall, ceiling, and roof depending on the controlled angles and depths in the overall form.
The populational performances include: circulation control, micro-climate generation, and filtering grouping or swarming of context inhabitants. The system is used to funnel forces in and out of programmed space at a optimal level.
It is a system completely self-sufficient in functional needs of structure, energy, and performance.


Material Systems Project_v1

The system is comprised of a both a rigid and a soft field of modular components. Through curvature analysis, context studies, and elemental conditions on site, a surface system can now be deployed to enhance architectural and populational performances.
The system has been studied in a series of scenerios in order to understand its performative effects in a particular context. Through the control of local parameters, one can start to control the regional parameters. The result is the development of a system that can now control global conditions in and around the context situated.
The systems architectural performances shift from shading device – to – photovoltiac energy collector – to – occupiable seating. It acts as gound, wall, ceiling, and roof depending on the controlled angles and depths in the overall form.
The populational performances include: circulation control, micro-climate development, and controlling grouping or swarming of context inhabitants. The system is used to funnel forces in and out of programmed space at a desired level.
It is a system completely self-sufficient in functional needs of structure, energy, and performance.


Structural Study Model_v3




Material Study Model_v2




model_v1

For the continuation of my research in both the fields of responsive (robotic) architecture as well as modulated variation, I’ve decided to develop a multi-use parametrically controlled surface. The focus will be on the development and understanding of a modulated material field conditions that allows for user defined functionality and spatial configurations. This will be achieved through folding, twisting, rolling, pinching, and stretching the user intended function out of the varied materials within the system.

For example – user/client parametric inputs may include:
-15ft. x 20ft. spatial enclosure requirement
-7ft. – 15ft. depth requirement
-3 functional seating areas (2 social and 1 private)
-accessible with 2 entry and exit conditions
-western region – maximum sunlight requirement
-2 responsive shading conditions addressing 2 social seating areas

With these user/client parameters, I now can let the materiality within the system determine modulated variation, regional deformations, modulated depths, and the overall form of the field surface. The system is fabricated in a flattened modulated surface ready for transformation into it’s performative form.


photo[SYNTHETIC] pavilion

Photo[synthetic] Pavilion – An Exploration in Modular Variation

The Pavilion is a Figure-Configuration System that is comprised of a limited set of components that all have their own parametric amount of variability between minimum and maximum states of deformation. It is an exploratory model of modular variation where components move based on CA Logics: meaning, the movement of each module is determined only by the movement of the adjacent modules. While components can understand their position relative to their neighbor, they don’t know what’s happening at a different end of the robotic field.

The Pavilion’s embedded intelligence responds to the sun’s movement, positioning, and overall levels of brightness and contrast in its surrounding area. The result is a deformation in the modulated field creating and altering sunlight and shading conditions within the interior space of the Pavilion. Equipped with a southerly exposed photovoltaic skin, the Pavilion is entirely self-sufficient in the capturing, processing, and transport of energy. By mimicking a plants chloroplast system, the Pavilion is concerned with the internal metabolic processes of natural photosynthesis.