From Costuming and Dancing Sculptures to Architecture: The Corporeal and Computational in Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Mobile Structures
This paper describes a new approach to designing and fabricating costuming and dancing sculptures and the potential application of this system at the architectural scale. I present a novel design system based on the movement, form, and spatial relation of characters and dancing sculptures in the Trinidad Carnival. I also present a system that produces lightweight mobile structures from 3D printed connections, lightweight rods, and textile. Through a detailed case study, a new dancing sculpture is designed, and a full-scale lightweight mobile structure at the architectural scale is fabricated. Fabrication of the lightweight structure is achieved using Digital Crafting and Crafting Fabrication approaches to wire-bending, which includes the early development of a digital fabrication program for rod elements. This work has potential implications for costuming and dancing sculptures; architecture; computational design; and craft practices. [Link to paper]
Keywords: Lightweight Architectural Structures, Trinidad Carnival, Corporeal, Dancing Sculptures, Fabrication
Citation - Noel, Vernelle A. A. 2017. “From Costuming and Dancing Sculptures to Architecture: The Corporeal and Computational in Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Mobile Structures.” In Future Trajectories of Computation in Design, 22–41. Istanbul, Turkey. http://caadfutures2017.itu.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CAADFutures2017A.pdf.