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id cf2015_411
authors Wang, Shih-Yuan; Sheng, Yu-Ting, Barchiesi, Alex and Huang, Jeffrey
year 2015
title Transient Materialization: Ephemeral, Material-Oriented Digital Fabrication
source The next city - New technologies and the future of the built environment [16th International Conference CAAD Futures 2015. Sao Paulo, July 8-10, 2015. Electronic Proceedings/ ISBN 978-85-85783-53-2] Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015, pp. 411-420.
summary This paper introduces the notion of transient materialization through an exploration of the relationship between digital and material-based digital fabrication. The research was inspired by direct observations of nature’s beauty in the form of thin films. The building block of the experiment is an n-hedron structure composed mainly of soap foam, which is blown into a foam structure. The paper questions this structure’s materiality, examines its physical performance and ephemeral characteristics, and expands on its meaning through an experiment in digital fabrication. Specifically, this experiment demonstrates various configurations of dynamic and programmable foam structures on a large scale of fabrication. The fabrication interacts with the algorithm, which involves a mixture of air and helium (controlled by pneumatic valves), as well as additive chemical substances and thickening agents, all of which exist in a certain space and time.
keywords digital fabrication; Ephemeral; foam structure; dynamic and transformable; algorithm; chemical substances
series CAAD Futures
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