Fold / Unfold

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Completed 2007

Detailed research was carried out into the engineering of deployable structures, the methods and mechanisms used to drive the opening and closing of these structures, and how these solutions can be applied in architecture across different scales.

Different folding patterns were tested, with particular focus on 2 dimensional drivers which could produce 3 dimensional movement. These folding patterns were tested at different scales and with different materials to determine suitability for task.

A parametric generative components workshop offered an alternative route to testing and deforming complex, folded structures, and offered a route to unfolding these structures in order to aid iterative manufacture.

Collaboration with Andrea Dietz and Angela Morton