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  • Synthetic Skin

    Maya PINDEUS, "Synthetic Skin."
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts, Vienna
    Studio Hadid
    critic: Zaha HADID.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Maya PINDEUS: Synthetic Skin is about introducing a new type of interactive architecture. It uses robotic principles in the design and fabrication process to create architecture that can spatially adapt to the changing requirements of its users and its environment.

    Synthetic skin combines kinematic principles in architecture with advances in pneumatics. By introducing the technique of soft robotics it replaces the mechanical principles in interactive architecture through a biological paradigm.

    Soft robots have a wide palette of different deformation patterns that are actuated by pneumatically inflating them. The mode of operation is inspired by biological structures found in animals such as trunks of mammals and tentacles and has the ability of deforming without joints needed. I use this robotic technique to configure spatial structures that can adapt to different scenarios.

    The Museumsquartier in Vienna is chosen as a location for this project; it is a versatile space with different ways of usage that offers multiple scenarios for an interactive architectural system. It is among others an urban space, a cultural hub, an event area at has a constant visitor flow in day and night time.

    Synthetic Skin is a responsive structure that can perform a range of different scenarios by changing its spatial structure.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MP: Daan Roosegaarde, Philip Beesley, Neri Oxman, Achim Menges, Tom Wiscombe, and Whitesides Research Group.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MP: Reading Stefan Zweig. Listening to: Lhasa de Sela and Rodriguez.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MP: MIT Media Lab, Royal College of Art, Daan Roosegaarde, and Lucy McRae.

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