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id lasg_whitepapers_2019_235
authors Parlac, Vera
year 2019
title Soft Kinetics; Integrating Soft Robotics into Architectural Assemblies
source Living Architecture Systems Group White Papers 2019 [ISBN 978-1-988366-18-0] Riverside Architectural Press: Toronto, Canada 2019. pp.235 - 250
summary The project described in this paper explores the integration of custom-made soft robotic muscles into a component-based surface. This project is part of a broader research that focuses on new material behaviors and their capacity to produce adaptive and dynamic material systems. The paper discusses the use of a pneumatic system as a form of material-based actuation. It presents the ongoing research into the capacity of integrated [pneu] structures to generate kinetic movement within a component-based assembly to produce a responsive and “programmable” architectural skin. This is a prototype-based exploration that demonstrates different kinds of movement achieved by different silicone muscle types and proposes a light modular construct, its components, and patterns of aggregation that work in unison with the silicone muscles to produce a dynamic architectural skin. The project is informed by a history of pneumatic structures, the technology of soft robotics, and a kit-of-parts design strategy.
keywords living architecture systems group, organicism, intelligent systems, design methods, engineering and art, new media art, interactive art, dissipative systems, technology, cognition, responsiveness, biomaterials, artificial natures, 4DSOUND, materials, virtual projections,
email vparlac@ucalgary.ca
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