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Deployable Pavilion Transtudio

In this design activity, students designed a deployable (retractable) pavilion, a self-standing shell structure that is capable of altering from a very compact arrangement to an expanded configuration. To respond to changing scale, the structure obtains a transformational capacity that is provided through built-in mobility.

Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang

Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang

Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang is the largest automobile theme park in Korea, located about 40min northwest of Seoul. The highlight of the exhibition is the Design Area featuring a beautifully designed kinetic sculpture and a spectacular 360 degree film presentation for which designers have created multichannel sound and music.

Shape Shifting Cabinets

Shape Shifting Cabinets

Sebastian Errazuriz Studio is creating a series of kinetic sculptures that focus on interactive furniture. With his functional sculpture projects, Errazuriz is rethinking the everyday and “breaking open the box.”

Reconfigurable Materials

Reconfigurable Materials

Harvard researchers have developed a general framework to design reconfigurable metamaterials. The design strategy is scale independent, meaning it can be applied to everything from meter-scale architectures to reconfigurable nano-scale systems such as photonic crystals, waveguides and metamaterials to guide heat.

Origami Structure Innovations

Origami Structure Innovations

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. But to engineer Mary Frecker of Pennsylvania State University, it is the future for designing tools that could be used in fields such as medicine and space exploration.

Wave Machine Sculpture

Wave Machine Sculpture

The FiberLab Symphony Orchestra, consisting of 1 perforated hardboard, 2 craft rings, 12 wooden trims, 288 wooden balls, 720 metal findings, and about 1500 feet of nylon string – all accompanied by the ravishingly beautiful String Quartet No. 2 by Alexander Borodin.

HypoSurface Interactive Installation

HypoSurface

The Hyposurface is comprised by a matrix of actuators, which are given positional information via a highly efficient bus system as well as an array of electronic sensors used to trigger a variety of mathematical deployment programs.

ShapeShift Interactive Tabletop Display

ShapeShift

ShapeShift is a compact, high-resolution (7 mm pitch), mobile tabletop shape display. We explore potential interaction techniques in both passive and active mobile scenarios. In the passive case, the user is able to freely move and spin the display as it renders elements.

Cupra Kinetic Wall

Cupra Kinetic Wall

Design and development of Cupra Kinetic Wall, created by Leva, TODO and Blackboard Berlin for the Cupra stand at 88° Geneva International Motor Show.

Make A Ripple kinetic sculpture

Make A Ripple

Make A Ripple (2017) is a custom kinetic sculpture. It consists of 60 moving elements that are interconnected with springs. The elements are counterbalanced rods with disks on the ends which can pivot freely on a kind of universal joint.

Transforming Toys

Transforming Toys

Chuck Hoberman is an artist, engineer, architect, and inventor of folding toys and structures, most notably the Hoberman sphere. In addition to toys such as the Hoberman sphere, Hoberman created the BrainTwist, a hard plastic tetrahedron that folds, stellates, and becomes self-dual while having a component that rotates similarly to a Rubik’s Cube.

Hyperbola From Sticks

Hyperbola From Sticks

This film was made by Ashok Rupner TATA Trust: Make a wonderful HYPERBOLA from straight sticks! This work was supported by IUCAA and Tata Trust. In geometry, a hyperboloid of revolution, sometimes called circular hyperboloid, is a surface that may be generated by rotating a hyperbola around one of its principal axes.

Self Assembling Robot Cubes

Self Assembling Robot Cubes

Designed by MIT researchers and Known as M-Blocks, these self assembling robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces.

Buckling Induced Kirigami

Buckling Induced Kirigami

This is a video by Ahmad Rafsanjani showing buckling-Induced Kirigami Physical Review. Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper, rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue.Typically, kirigami starts with a folded base,

Origami Structures and Examples

Origami Structures and Examples

In recent decades origami structures and forms has been of increasing interest to mathematicians and engineers. Mathematicians are more interested in the geometrical aspects of origami objects such as foldability of origami patterns, especially foldability of developable surfaces.

Amazing Science Gadgets

Oddly satisfying scientific curiosities featuring various engines with candles, ferrofluid toys, kinetic art that uses physics, optical illusions, various forms of dices, math toys/shapes and more mindblowing stuff!

Origami Practical Uses

Georgia Tech researchers find ways to use Origami as the structural basis for real world applications such as deployable antennas and bridges.

Auxetic Deformable Materials

kinetiX is a transformable material featuring a design that resembles a cellular structure. It consists of rigid plates or rods and elastic hinges. These modular elements can be combined in a wide variety of ways and assembled into multifarious forms.

Deployable Pavilion Transtudio

In this design activity, students designed a deployable (retractable) pavilion, a self-standing shell structure that is capable of altering from a very compact arrangement to an expanded configuration. To respond to changing scale, the structure obtains a transformational capacity that is provided through built-in mobility.

Diffusion Choir Sculpture

Diffusion Choir is a kinetic sculpture in Massachusetts that moves like a flock of birds. It’s comprised of 400 origami-like birds that perform a synchronized dance.

Shed Kinetic Architecture

The Shed’s concept is simple: It’s the 120-foot tall building that moves. This idea is both its architectural hallmark and its metaphor for the future of culture.

Tree of Life

For this monument with its advanced technology, constantly illuminated with LED lights, Koert Vermeulen & ACTLD created in total 1260 shows to produce the genuine dynamic effects through a play of light, video, water, fireworks, as well as bubbles and sounds.

installation Art - Kinetic Rain Singapore

installation Art #

In this installation art example we are taking a look at the Kinetic Rain Singapore as an example for the mechanism section. Kinetic Rain is an artwork designed for Terminal 1 at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The kinetic sculpture adds a contemplative element to the lively transit space of the departure hall. Kinetic Rain consists of [...]
Installation Art - David Cerny Kafka Head

Installation Art #3

In this installation art example we are taking a look at the David Cerny Kafka Head as an example for the mechanism section. Located in a busy shopping center in Prague, this twisting and reflective sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka is the latest kinetic artwork by controversial Czech artist David Cerny. Installed [...]
Kinetic Architecture #2 - Kirigami Paper Art

Kinetic Art #1

In this kinetic art we are taking a look at the Kirigami as an example for the mechanism section. Kirigami (切り紙) is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper, rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue. In the United States, the [...]
3D Printing Ideas #3 - Mechanisms

3D Printing Ideas #3

These models are incredible examples of what 3D Printing is capable of! In this video, you can take a look at Nautilus Gears, Gear Bearing, Reuleaux Triangle Bearing, Geneva Mechanism, Iris Box, Cube Gear.  

Kinetic Architecture - Al Bahar Towers

Kinetic Architecture #1

Completed in June 2012, the 145-meter towers’ Masharabiya shading system was developed by the computational design team at Aedas. Using a parametric description for the geometry of the actuated facade panels, the team was able to simulate their operation in response to sun exposure and changing incidence angles during the different days of the year. [...]