The Actuated Matter Workshop took place at Zurich University of the Arts from July 25. - 29. 2011 and was co-run with London based Loop.pH design studio. During the workshop the twenty international participants developed a speculative model for membrane structures that exhibit properties of sensitivity, resilience, and decay. By physically engaging with the behaviors of active materials, they experimented with the threshold between the electronic and mechanic, the analog and the digital. The workshop followed a do-it-yourself approach and led to the development of sonic, luminous and moving modules that populated and activated the environment. The main structure was based on a three-dimensional ecology of interlinked loops, made from optical fibers, that formed a lightweight system with enough flexibility to become actuated but sufficient stiffness to support a multitude of components. The production of the active elements, electroluminescent screens, electro-active polymers and flexible audio panels, was strongly driven by the curiosity and engagement of an interdisciplinary team of participants who had little or no previous experience of working with such materials. The workshop showed that highly sophisticated materials and structures could be emerge through participatory and collaborative strategies, thus reflecting our goal of developing an alternative, less rigid architecture of the future as a more connected, interlaced, entangled, responsive and responsible world.
Lead Project Designers:
MA. Dipl.- Ing. (arch) Karmen Franinovic
Mag. Art. Florian Wile
Interaction Design group, DDE, Zurich University of the Arts
Mathias Gmachl, Rachel Wingfield
Loop.pH design studio
Dipl.- Ing. (arch) Manuel Kretzer
Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ITA, ETH, Zürich
Dr. Nat. Sci. Daniel Bisig
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, DMU, Zurich University of the Arts
Katrin Bächli, Urban Bieri, Szilveszter Buzasi, Allison Dryer, Luke Franzke, Laura Kaehr, Moritz Kemper, Roman Kirschner, Jorge Orozco, Barbara Peikert, Margrit Rieben, Maria Smigielska, Andrés Villa Torres, Silvan Zurbruegg,
Romano Kirschbaumer and Jorge Ellert (Ulano Corp.), Christa Jordi (EMPA)
Four site-specific interventions. Artefact festival, STUK Kunstencentrum. Leuven, BE. 2013
'Architecture is judged by eyes that see, by the head that turns, and the legs that walk. Architecture is not a synchronic phenomenon but a successive one, made up of pictures adding themselves one to the other, following each other in time and space, like music.'
MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti·gravity Object Modeling has a Patent-Pending status.
Day to day, in creative professional offices all around the world, ideas are born, sketched, and communicated through the medium of paper as experiments as fully fleshed out drawings communicate the intents of designers, architects and engineers and move to fully-formed, built reality.
However, throughout the design process, not every approach is taken, and in the course of finding solutions, a multitude of possibilities, drafted, drawn or sketched onto the medium of paper are discarded, redistributed to forgotten areas and eventually disappear. Every drawn idea, whether discarded or found to be a mistake, represents an attempt as designers to push solutions for the benefit of the public and our environment – they form in essence, a ‘wish’ list of desires for better living for the future.
But imagine if we could harness these ideas, and use this incredibly vast volume of paper towards another creative endeavor? By redirecting the approach of these thoughts and sketches, we believe that we could give life to these desires and broadcast them in a positive manner.
Request For Proposals is a joint Diamond Schmitt Architects and Arup installation [deleted: design] where as designers, architects and engineers, we use the amount of paper discarded each day as a means to enact positive design for our environment. If we are to truly think positively for our environment, we must engage in the idea of sustainability in its most basic form.
Our intention for this installation is to reuse and recycle A1 sheets that are used, printed, and discarded every day towards markups, presentation drawings and submissions, and refold them into an origami-like structure which conveys every design idea in its raw form. In this way, the installation becomes a public display of every attempt to solve problems for the public at large – the strive to improve our environment for everyone.
With this opportunity at the Pulp Art Party, we think these thoughts and ideas can be displayed proudly and contribute towards local designers, and artists and promote sustainability within not only Toronto’s design community, but Toronto itself at large.
Good design accelerates the acceptance of good ideas. We think being sustainable is a great idea. DO YOU AGREE WITH US? RFP is YOUR opportunity to make this change happen.