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  • responsive skin

    responsive skin
    boston MASSACHUSETTSK

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project in one sentence.

    systemic PROCESS: responsive skin is an experiment in the conception of physical systems designed by scripted processes as a viable means towards producing an architecture which may form a tailored response specific to structural, environmental, and programmatic criteria.


    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    sP: we’ve been paying attention to the trajectory of architecture organized around systematic design principles and have been able to work through these ideas with some of the proponents on the subject. rather than looking to a specific point of interest, the work thus far has been based on a diverse group of people and work spanning many years which has shown awareness in the use of complexity in systems when variation is overlaid in otherwise repetitive elements. this notion, for us, ranges from historical to contemporary architectural precedents as well as external sources such as film, musical composers and animal behavior.

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    sP: we were primarily interested in seeking out parallels in other disciplines relating to sequence, continuity and variation. at the time, we were reading sergei eisenstein’s “montage and architecture” as well as steve reich’s “writings on music”.

    steve reich has been an inspiration through his canonic devices such as phasing and rhythmic construction in pieces like “music for 18 musicians”and “phase patterns” and we’re interested in thinking about how these ideas can be physically manifested. reich possessed the ability to use extremely gradual change to navigate between different patterns or systems within his work which has been an idea we’ve been interested in architecturally.

    in terms of film, we were interested in alexander sokurov’s “the russian ark” which was shot with entirely with one continuous uninterrupted shot. like the film, we see responsive skin as a sequence of continuously changing yet related moments that can be viewed at the microscopic (a still) or the macroscopic level (the entirety). also, film shot of animal herding and bird flocking have offered us spectacular examples in the physical expression of complex systems.

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    sP: we try to follow what has grown into what is currently a healthy and exciting community surrounding the computational and digital fabrication movements through as many zines, books and blogs as possible!

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