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  • Fabric in Tension

    Fabric in Tension
    berkeley CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Mahsa VANAKI: This installation was an experimental project to experience the traits of complex, parametrically developed forms, in a physical and tactile model. To feel the physical equivalence of control points and Iso-curves, as they become joints and structural elements in a real model. This project was also an attempt to explore the relationship between the material quality and the digital curvilinear form in the computer model and the dialog between them, which leads to the possibility of the translation.

    The overall pattern is developed in Grasshopper, Rhino as a 2-dimensional deformed grid system, comprised of unique, localized components, where the component is designed based on the specific material quality of the fabric. Also the laser cutting method, makes the curved score line possible in the component which allows the “curved folds.” The flat laser cut components become 3 dimensional by applied tension, locally, while assembled. The degree of tension can be modified throughout the model manually. The assembly process of the pieces is extremely easy and fast.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MV: A concept that fascinated me since I was exposed to it while studying MArch at CCA. The idea of a parametric system in materiality, where components are “linked” together and effect each other indirectly.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MV: Listening to Radiohead and Bjork.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MV: Nervous systems, BIG, Neri Oxman.

    Additional credits and links:
    Thanks to Aaron Thornton for brainstorming ideas of detailing this installation.

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