Today’s spaces can be knitted, woven or spun with super light, extremely strong fibers of conductive materials that both channel and connect information that can communicate, and interact with people. If architects, designers, engineers and scientists can develop methods and tools to work with these kinds of active fibers and yarns at the scale of building then they can begin to consider how to make buildings of soft, lightweight and flexible materials that not only provide shelter but also transform using computation.
Patterning by Heat: The Responsive Textile Structures presents 4 different computational textile structures that change the appearance of space through 2 different transformations that happen in the surface expression. The first typology of material is pixilated, designed with yarn that melts at high temperature; accordingly, the fabric opens or breaks when it receives current. The opening allows designers flexibility to experiment with see through effects on the fabric, or to ‘write’ upon the fabric making apertures, collecting foreground and background together in one shape. The second material has been designed with yarn that shrinks or draws solid lines in the fabric when it receives current. The shrinking reveals a more opaque patterning in the textile closing parts of that textile off, transforming the nature of that space.
Both breaking and shrinking yarns have been knitted into four different architectural tension structures that are designed using computation to track people’s presence in space by the changes that appear in the surface design.
This soft architecture can be seen here:
The Keller Gallery November 5-14, 2012
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
School of Architecture and Planning , Building 7-408.
Hours: 9am-6pm and by appointment.
A hands on demonstration/workshop titled Textile Sketches of the exhibited textiles is offered 10 November, 2012 1pm-4pm, High Low Tech Lab, The MIT Media Lab, E-14.
An Exhibition by Felecia Davis, and Delia Dumitrescu
PhD Candidate, Design and Computation, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
PhD Candidate, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås and Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology