TEXTILE LOGIC FOR A SOFT SPACE
Pliability In order to control the geometry of the membrane a third set of experiments examines the way by pattern can structure the material and give a particular pliability to its surface. By developing consistent striations into the surface we looked at how these materials could allow bending. This makes the textile collapse in certain areas thereby extending the malleability and shaping potential. This specification of the textile structure allows for a greater flexibility around the curvatures of the wall and thereby makes the material perform specifically to its context.
Tests with conductive fibres knitted into the fabric to create a circuitry
Conductive fibres knitted into a spacer fabric to create a circuitry within the material
Actuation A fourth set of experiments explore the integration of conductive fibres into the spacer fabric. These experiments examine the ways by which the material can retain its threedimensionality while simultaneously creating surface matrix by actuation can be controlled.
Integrating consolidation In the final fifth experiment we explored means by which the textile surface can be further consolidated. In a set of initial studies we explored integrating steel members into the fabric as well as resin coating the surface thereby stiffening the material completely. This was further developed in a set of prototypes that integrate heat setting fibres into the fabric. As the textile is produced it retains its pliable and soft property. After production the textile is heat set, here using boiling water and thereby stiffened. The heat setting is not as resilient as the resin but still creates further stiffening supporting the spacer structure.
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The book "Textile Logic for a soft space", by Mette Ramsgaard Thomse (CITA) and Karin Bech (CITA).