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Patterns: Computation and Material Intelligence
USC School of Architecture | Fall 2012
Professors Neil Leach + Biayana Bogosian

Goal. Through the utilization of folding aggregates, their connections create a form-finding structure that transforms with applied gravity and force resulting in an array of apertures leaving different opportunities for light filtration.

The research explores an aggregation composed of a unit shape or element that has varying behavioral characteristics including bending, flipping, and lifting based on forces from a center that can dimensionally change in shape and size.

Process. Each unit shape or element obtains a selected puncture radius or peal. Through these applied elements, the problem of how the micro, mezzo and macro units from centralized units come together to become operable is addressed.

Module. The final module was a variation of triangular geometries that allowed for optimal flexibility. As a field, the aggregated system creates a form-finding structure with apertures that are directly affected when forces are applied. The apertures either expand or contract causing for an opportunity of varied light filtration. The module contains solid faces, and in areas of flexibility, the module is porous containing larger apertures.

Material. After material testing, opalux - a material combination of both mylar and vellum - proved to be rigid and have a transparent quality. When light was applied, a dramatic effect heightens the experiential material quality of the aggregation as light and shadow form contrast on the exterior and interior surfaces.

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Final prototype for installation 


Field condition rendering showcasing a 360 degree shroud.


Pattern construction.


Physical prototyping.


Pattern exploration.


Material testing.


Detail of pattern exploration.

Pattern fold.

Module type.

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