Soft Systems at the AADRL

Theodore Spyropoulos and his team at the DRL is doing some incredible research on the potential of soft materiality and self-assembling systems:

http://www.creativeapplications.net/processing/aadrl-behavioural-complexity/

 

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Octopus Pavilion Progress – 20160826

27 Days to go

Here are some videos of the physics simulation we are setting up in grasshopper to test the design and interactivity, using the kangaroo2 physics library:

Also some progress on the prototype. Working with a nice nylon type fabric, with sowing:

Hyperinflate – Inflation Simulation

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First simulation of the inflation form with random fixed vertices. Face color defined by the distance of the inflating face centroid from the original centroid position. Hoping to use some development of this for the fabrication workshop later this summer. Built off the toxiclibs physics library in Processing, and this sketch in particular. Unfolded using Pepakura.

Hutong Agency

This is a project was developed by student Dongni Lu as part of the Fluid Spaces studio by Profs Sheng Qiang and myself at Tianjin University School of Architecture in the Spring of 2012. It explores the evolving relationship between the production of space and the organization of social activity in the hutong alleyways of Tianjin, China.  This project simulates the process by which these alleyway streets are shaped through the encroachment and decay of house boundary walls into the public space of the street. The patterns of occupation of the public space and the highly localized street topology serve to define one-another through this historic process of accretion. Overall the system seeks a dynamic equilibrium between the conflicting desires for the expansion of private space vs. the need for the constitution of a functional public domain for circulation, social gather, commerce, and play.

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