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cyberGARDENS: cyber-Gardens / ecoMachinesNovember 5, 2009

The cyber-gardening workshop explores the design potential of cultivating an artificial garden. Light, nutrients flows, direct care and physical contact contribute to the growth of a digital abstract garden, composed of a variety of diagrammatic creatures and interacting organisms. The cyber-gardener will design both the physical and the digital components of the garden while testing its cultivation and living potential. While freely exciding the limitations of biological living systems cyber gardens holds true their fundamental principle, the feedback loop; the human, the machine, the computer, the environment, will co-design and co-evolve into new artificial living systems.

Unit Masters: Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto

Day1:
– SOFT skin Introduction
– Hardware introduction and software installation [Arduino + GH]
– Understanding sensing and sensors
– Sensing the environment and its fields of intensity
– Radiation and light
– Wind flow and touch
– Groups formations
– Brief delivery [groups collect their hardware and get their first assignment]

Day2:
The second day of the workshop will be devoted to the design of the physical interface of the SOFTskin exploring it’s capacity to sense or be sensitive to the surrounding environment and to humans. Lately the attention will be shifter on the connection between the physical interface and its digital counterpart, with special attention on diagramming and tracing the flow of information and visualizing the time base outputs of each type of sensing mechanism.

– designing and construction the physical interfaces and embedding sensitivity.
– testing interaction with physical interfaces.
– connecting the physical and the digital, Wiring the sensors to Arduino, Plugging-in Arduino e generating information flows, Loading information in GH.

Day3:
The third day of the workshop will be devoted to SOFTskins cultivation/correlation. Starting from an undifferentiated condition the SOFTskins will be developed through a series of feed back loops connecting the direct interaction with the physical interface to the effects produced on the digital representation of a dynamic soft façade. As the façade pattern differentiate and complexify more relationships can be implemented and more articulated correlations traced between the two models.

– testing the system
– Simulation1: Running, Capturing, Baking and cataloguing façade patterns
– Group discussion and preparation to final simulation
– Simulation2: Running, Capturing, Baking and cataloguing façade patterns 1:100 Façade elevation drawings
– layout preparation and printing set-up
– Preparation of final façade elevation drawing for printing/laser cutting
– Submission of façade elevation drawings.

Day4:
Presentation and labBOOK preparation

– Collection of material from the previous days of activity
– setting up of an InDesign document [template provided] for the presentation of the design process and concept and final façade configurations
– Final presentation and Jury

For any enquiries please contact project@ecologicstudio.com

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