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THE MATERIAL SKIN

Performing Skin The Performing Skin workshop was part of the Smart Geometry Conference “Informing Digital Design with Real World Data� hosted by CITA in spring 2011. Smart Geometry is a partnership between practice, research and academia, formed by members of leading architectural and engineering practices and educational institutions. Performing Skin was developed in collaboration with Shenkar School of Engineering and Design.

The workshop The workshop Performing Skin explored the combining of intelligent textiles with parametric modelling. Refining the bespoke interfaces developed in the previous research and workshops, The Performing Skin workshop investigated the design of bespoke sensors and their implementation. Further developing the tools created for the Listener project and the Architectural Knitted Surfaces workshop, our aim was to create circular feedback loops between the design and sensing. Participants were asked to develop their own performative surfaces in which the fabric acts as a sensor to its environment. By designing knitted-in conductive fibres controlled by micro controllers we were able to create live interfaces by which the environment around the surface could be read. The guiding question for the workshop was how this collected sense data could be interfaced with and used for material specification.

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Book: Textile Logic for a soft space  

The book "Textile Logic for a soft space", by Mette Ramsgaard Thomse (CITA) and Karin Bech (CITA).

Book: Textile Logic for a soft space  

The book "Textile Logic for a soft space", by Mette Ramsgaard Thomse (CITA) and Karin Bech (CITA).

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