THE ROOM: SKIN AND STRUCTURE
The Room: Skin and Structure In the following three projects the material investigation exploring the possibilities of textiles as a performative composite is brought to an architectural scale. The first projects Knitted Skins and Slow Furl investigate how textiles could be used as wall membranes. Both projects focus on the use of spacer fabrics as a particular material for architectural application, thereby creating synergy between the material investigations in CAD CAM Knitting. A core aim for the two projects has been to understand and develop the interfaces for working with textiles as an integrated part of architectural design practice. Investigating the practice of pattern design and developing means of creating material descriptions, the projects create new techniques by which the wall membranes can be designed, detailed and realised. The two projects both imply a simple division between skin and structure. In both Knitted Skins and Slow Furl the textile passively clads a compressive substructure. It is this division that the third project Lace Wall and the workshop Pattern Anatomies seek to question. Asking how the substructure itself could be textile in its material logic, using systems of tension and self bracing, the two investigation query how new interrelationships can rupture the tradition of thinking skin and structure.
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