Responsive Efficiency of Adaptive Structural Skins will explore how to form the load-bearing enclosure of a new generation of buildings through parametrization, analysis, optimization and form-finding.

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Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 by Seth Edwards

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Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 by Seth Edwards

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Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 by Ed Tibuzzi
Hi all and welcome to our Adaptive Structural Skins Cluster.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with you in exploring, studying, designing and constructing prototypes to form the load-bearing enclosures of a new generation of buildings! We aim to blend your interests and knowledge together with AKTII’s structural engineering experience, Daniel Piker's research into geometry and form finding processes, and Gregory Epps' expertise in manufacturing complex geometry.
Let’s start the discussion!
As we stated in our brief:
The study will be conducted through the parameterization, analysis, optimization and form-finding of skin systems to investigate kinematic and structural behaviour, automated production processes, and possible applications within different construction typologies.
To give you an idea and a starting point we have put together a reference example based on a Ron Resch’s work on origami (Link 1 Link 2). We have built some digital and physical models to test the behaviour of the system, collated in a pdf which you will find in the file area for you to download, along with a Rhino and Grasshopper file to start playing with.
The aim of this cluster is not only to understand the potential of adaptive structural skins in a digital format, but also to empirically test them through physical prototyping. For this purpose various materials will be made available (you can find them listed in the pdf file), considering polypropylene and aluminium as the skin materials, and shape memory alloy as the linear restraining truss elements.
Our first physical prototype is looking to introduce structural depth by folding a single surface. The polypropylene is scored on one side to form the folds and split into repeatable modules for production. A layer of foam cut to shape is then glued to certain faces of the module to enhance the resistance to buckling. The origami geometry allows the structure to be configured in multiple states. In order to form a stable state, bi-stable struts made of tape measure elements have been introduced in certain locations on the panel edges.
The inherent uncertainty can be sought in the different stable state which the system can be fixed in, and the deployable nature of the finished structure.
This is where we’ll leave it for now. Feel welcome to browse through the files and familiarise yourselves with the topics and ideas. Early next week we will update you again to start thinking about design intent for the geometry prototypes which we’ll investigate during the cluster here in London.
As one last note, we would like to get to know all of you a little better, so let’s start a discussion here where we all briefly introduce ourselves, our background, and our interests and involvements.
In the file area you can find a base definition to start to play around with.
Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013 by Daniel Piker
Read the description of our cluster here: Adaptive Structural Skins.pdf
Friday, 18 Jan 2013 by Daniel Bosia
We had our first Cluster kickoff meeting in London today! Participants: - Daniel Bosia AKT - Jeroen Jansen AKT - Edoardo Tibuzzi AKT - Gregory Epps Robofold - Florent Michel - Daniel Piker Jose Luis from Smart Geometry joined us by conference call from Cambridge US. We established schedule for the next few weeks and selected 2 principle directions to realize prototype Adaptable Structural Skins (or “Sandwiches”): • Multilayered Folded Surfaces • Stiffened/Actuated Folded Surfaces We will investigate Regular and Irregular Folded Surfaces developing/refining tools for their form finding, analysis and fabrications.


Last replied by DeWitt Godfrey on Saturday, 04 May 2013
All Thanks for a great week, I am showing my folded grid at an exhibition in NYC opening Sunday the 5th from 2-5 pm and on view through 7/3/13 PDFs/gravity_web.pdf Hope those of you in the area or visiting NYC in the next few months get a chance to stop by; the gallery is very close to MOMA PS1 and Socrates Sculpture Park and the Sculpture Center, if you want to make a full day out in Long Island City
Last replied by Brian Lockyear on Sunday, 14 Apr 2013
Hi Gang- Great to be meeting all of you. I'm a computer scientist and architectural designer based in Portland, Oregon. I create custom software plugins and extensions, focusing on Rhino/Grasshopper and Revit/BIM and parametrics. My phd in computer scientist means my skills run heavy in algorithms, data structures, and software architecture. My passion for in how these tools impact design and for sustainable design such as solar and water harvesting led me to adding a MArch a few years ago. My work now is a combination of those two worlds. Have been here in London this past week taking the opportunity to meet people and tour a few sights (very much enjoyed visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich today given my interest in solar). For SG, I've worked up a new alpha 2.0 release of my Heliotrope vector based solar plugin which I'll be happy to talk about and share while I am here. I'm fueled on coffee and beer. And I think that pretty much covers it! - Brian -
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