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Formal descriptions of material manipulations: an exploration with cuts and shadows

Gürsoy, Benay; Jowers, Iestyn and Özkar, Mine (2015). Formal descriptions of material manipulations: an exploration with cuts and shadows. In: Celani, Gabriela; Sperling, David Moreno and Franco, Juarez Moara Santos eds. Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures. The Next City - New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment. Communications in Computer and Information Science (527). Springer, pp. 439–457.

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Shape computation in design is never purely limited to visual aspects and ideally includes material aspects as well. The physicality of designing introduces a wide range of variables for designers to tackle within the design process. We present a simple design exercise realised in four stages where we physically manipulate perforated cardboard sheets as a case to make material variables explicit in the computation. The emphasis is on representing sensory aspects rather than easily quantifiable properties more suitable for simulations. Our explorations demonstrate the use of visual rules to represent actions, variables and form as well as how to control the variables to create new results, both desired and surprising, in materially informed ways.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN: 3-662-47385-2, 978-3-662-47385-6
Extra Information: 16th International Conference, CAAD Futures 2015,
São Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015.
Selected Papers
Keywords: material computing; shape rules; making
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 43726
Depositing User: Iestyn Jowers
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 13:21
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