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Progress toward our goal of expanding and contracting our weave using a pulley system and servo. The shifting density of the weave reveals what is behind the weave in varying ways. Movement will be prompted by sound (a byproduct of wind), but today we practiced with a potentiameter.

Interesting parametric skin inspired by the respiration system of the iguana and developed through research in a workshop by Cesare Griffa. Located in Turin, Italy, the skin is supposed to be responsive to environmental conditions. I’m starting to think of my own project in this light, developing a screen or skin that could perhaps be inspired by nature. What better place to look? Click the image for more info on this project.

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This week Laura and I tried to improve our woven screen for the achievement of the best capabilities of collapsing or flattening while remaining fairly rigid. This series of photos demonstrates our current prototype and the transformation from a flat woven screen to one that is collapsed. The last photo shows the beginning of our thought process concerning the components of what will be our final project with the Arduino. Our goal is to create an opening and closing screen that is reactive to breath or wind blown into a microphone.

A photo of a sewer grating that I took in Seattle adjacent to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, although I do not know if it was done by the same designer. It appears to be done using parametrics with a resemblance to cellular systems. Its interesting to see how these kinds of patterns can be used for even the most mundane, utilitarian purposes.

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Above are a series of simple patterns created in grasshopper with circles and a few other geometries using attractors like single and multiple points, curves created by a string of points, and bitmaps. I also changed the shape of the grids for different results and ended with a grid paneled with spheres.

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Threading technique production and further exploration of the effects of geometry on functionality of woven mat. One recurring quality was transformation of surface area solid material coverage via shifting relationships between strips in a flat plane and 3D. Several functions presented themselves including canopy/screen, industrial textile, industrial design base material. Further iterations will include material testing and honing geometries for specific functions.

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THREADING MECHANISM for TEXTILE / SCREEN APPLICATIONS

By revisiting a previous concept of threading strips (both simple and complex techniques),  we are considering varying applications by employing multiple geometries. Once the different strips are threaded together, a variety of properties can be explored, with different geometries lending themselves to different applications. We used paneling tools to develop each geometry.

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For the patterning assignment using paneling tools in Rhino I explored how my original geometries (triangles and diamonds) from assignment 1 could begin to form the faceted screen or skin that has been the foundation of my project thus far. With each iteration the forms in the grid grew more complex and I changed perforations as seemed logically advantageous per grid. If sliced into strips, I imagined the etched lines serving as folded edges similar to the first two assignments.

Interesting parametric skin inspired by the respiration system of the iguana and developed through research in a workshop by Cesare Griffa. Located in Turin, Italy, the skin is supposed to be responsive to environmental conditions. I’m starting to think of my own project in this light, developing a screen or skin that could perhaps be inspired by nature. What better place to look? Click the image for more info on this project.

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I experienced the most difficultly in trying to create a folded paper unit that could be connected to another. Each fold on the square piece of paper caused the angles to change and made joining it to another unit more complicated. I found that in some cases, simpler, more methodical folds worked better in making these connections. The base unit is folded four times and then reflected to create the strip.

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