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SoftSkins: ecoMachines / responsive systemsJune 15, 2010

Soft Skins workshop will be part of the eco-Machines series and will investigate the use of associative modeling to support the conception of an architectural facade as the evolving product of multiple interacting urban systems and forces.

Environmental fields, social potentials and material performances will feed the model and define a “soft-skin” envelope. The term “soft” indicates the focus on design informed by data in real-time as well as by the nature of fabrics, fibers, tiles or embedded with biologically-active or vegetated components.

Experiments in data feeding will be based on a new design interface developed by ecoLogicStudio which allows to directly link the GH model with a web based platform called PACHUBE and to the so called “internet of things”. The Skin will be developed as a site specific project and directly prototyped, at an appropriate scale, via laser cutting or CNC facilities. 

The workshop will be divided in 3 part which will feedback between each other and will not necessarly be sequential in time one with the other.

PART1: digital interface…drawing which grows: we will propose a basic exercise to be developed together and to introduce all the relevant techniques and tools; from this experiment each team of students will develop their associative model and base geometry which will enable the growth of the specific soft skin [façade or 1:1 screen system]

PART2: sensing: we will introduce real-time sensing and allow for individual explorations, each group will decide to which type of real time data stream to relate the growth of their soft skin [i.e. vegetation data, weather data, social data etc]

PART 3: growing _ prototyping the skin: the third part will be dedicated to design proposals - concepts development and prototyping of the above grown soft skin; the workshop will end with a small presentation from each group of designers.


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