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LIQUID ELASTOMERS: SOFT ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS      


Exhibited at ACADIA 2016, Post Human Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines, 27 – 29 Oct, 2016,
University of Michigan Taubman College, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

This project expands current research on soft robotics through the integration of fluidiic actuation, sensing and compliant materials to create novel kinetic material systems that can act as thermal barrier according to light and user levels of interaction. A simulation of the physical phenomena of pneumatic behaviour, as well as the responsive and interactive quality of the system, was digitally modeled using a combination of computational fluid dynamics and physical computing techniques. This was achieved through the pysics simulation Grasshopper plug-ins Kangaroo and Firefly. These modules vary with varying levels of water inflation forming an adaptive spatial system that fluctuate in lighting quality, thermal control, color, form and tactile experience through a closed loop system that is responsive to environmental phenomena and that engages in human interaction.
   
       
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