1. PneuSystems


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    PneuSystems is a prototype-based exploration of the performative, formal and aesthetic potentials for cellular pneumatic membrane-based assemblies towards deep, lightweight architectural skins imbued with environmental response, interaction and intelligence. The work is situated within the history and technology of pneumatic structures, the application of biological paradigms towards architectural innovation, performative geometries and the register and exchange of matter, energy and information. This research is pursued through a methodology that entails the study of specific principles from biological examples of pneus to inform the prototype-based development of physical analog models at an architectural scale. In contrast to large-span air supported pneumatic structures and spaces, which are familiar to designers and engineers since the middle of the last century, cellular pneumatics for architectural applications constitute a relatively recent field of inquiry. This video describes the first phase of exploratory research to develop geometries and composite systems for pneumatic cellular assemblies and kinetic actuation through feedback between physical prototypes and computational models. Parallel research includes combinatory approaches for computational simulation, thermal modeling of pneumatic structures, physical prototyping techniques, and pneumatic control systems.

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    • Resonant Chamber | Making


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      Resonant Chamber is an interior envelope system that deploys the principles of rigid origami to transform the acoustic environment through dynamic spatial, material and electro-acoustic technologies. Our aim is to develop a soundsphere able to adjust its properties in response to changing sonic conditions, altering the sound of a space during performance and creating an instrument at the scale of architecture, flexible enough that it might be capable of being played. The project is developed through three streams of iterative research and development in both computational testing and full-scale prototype installation: Dynamic Surface Geometries; Performative Material Systems; and Variable Actuation and Response. Resonant Chamber is funded through the 2011 Research through Making Grant, U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, 2011 Small Projects Grant, U-M Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Creation Grant.

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