Adam Onulov Richard Cotter Seed Grant Todd Freeborn Vera Parlac

SKIN: Soft Kinetic Network

Date: 2012
Client: n/a
Principal Investigator: Vera Parlac
Collaborators: n/a
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team (Role): Richard Cotter,
Todd Freeborn, Adam Onulov
Publications:Surface Dynamics: From Dynamic Surface to Agile Spaces ” in Proceedings of the 2013 ASCAAD Conference: DIGITAL CRAFTING Virtualizing Architecture and Delivering Real Built Environment, Jeddah, March 2014
Agile Spaces/ Iconic/ SKiN“, Responsive Architecture Research Team V. Parlac and B. Kolarevic, in Facing the Future, Exhibition Book, 2nd International Scientific Conference and Exhibition, Gallery of Science and Technology, Belgrade, Serbia, 2014
Surface Change: Information, Matter and Environment ” in Proceedings of the 2013 CAADRIA International Conference of Computer-Aided Architecture Design Research in Asia: OPEN SYSTEMS, Singapore, May 15-18, 2013
Surface Change” in Proceedings of the 2012 ACSA International Conference: CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, June 20-21, 2012

Project Description: The SKiN project consists of small-scale prototypes of an adaptive kinetic surface capable of spatial modulation and response to environmental stimuli. The Soft Kinetic Network (SKiN) surface is organized around the network (Soft Kinetic Grid) of embedded “muscle” wires that change shape under electric current. The network of wires provides for a range of motions and facilitates surface transformations through soft and muscle-like movement. The material system developed around the wire network is variable and changes its thickness, stiffness, or permeability within its continuous composite structure. The variability in the material system enables it to (a) behave differently within surface regions; (b) vary the speed and degree of movement; (c) vary surface transparency; and (d) provide other levels of performance such as capture of heat produced by the muscle wire and distribution of heat within the surface regions.

Brett Osness Mike Kryski Vera Parlac

Shifting Terrain: Interactive Surface

Date: 2010
Client: OPEN SPACES: Window to a View, City of Calgary Public Art Program
Principal Investigators: Vera Parlac
Collaborators: n/a
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Brett Osness, Mike Kryski
Sponsors: LID Laboratory for Integrative Design Publications: “The Shifting Terrain: Interactive Surface” in Project Catalog of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Calgary, Calgary, 2011

Interface is defined as a common boundary, boundary between things, boundary across which data passes, a point of interaction, linking software, or linking device. Interface could be a place, situation, or a way across which things or people act together and affect each other.

The “Shifting Terrain” project explores a notion of an urban interface, through a responsive surface activated by an inquisitive observer/passerby. The undulating surface is made of strips of veneer that form a regularly patterned field. When stimulated by sensory input, the field shifts animating the surface. Sensors attached to the window glass entice the viewer to touch them, registering the change in light intensity and triggering the movement of the surface. This installation links art, design, technology and public realm. Its goal is to engage the public by providing an alternative, interactive interface between the street and the interior of the building. The broader goal of the project is to explore the role of the responsive surfaces in architecture.