Nguyen B V D, Watlom T, Peng C, and Wang T-H (2018) “Prototyping adaptive architecture: Balancing flexibility of folding patterns and adaptability of micro-kinetic movements”, in Proceedings of the 36th eCAADe Conference, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, Poland, 19-21 September 2018.

ecaade2018Abstract: The design process of dynamic architecture has been an emerging topic in recent studies, in which researchers try to find an effective method of generating and controlling adaptive components. In this paper, we present a digital-physical modelling process that seeks to explore tectonic fusion of origami folding patterns and micro-kinetic movements. A flexible modular prototype system is developed and evaluated through combining origami-based fabrication simulation and mathematical characterisation mimicking the pinecone’s nastic movements. The modular design system is then applied to an urban site as a test case study. The results show how the pinecone-like nastic movements may be translated into design and fabrication of an adaptive architecture. We discuss the lessons learned from the digital-physical prototyping process finding the balance between geometric flexibility and micro-kinetic adaptability.  (Link to the full paper on cumincad.org) 

Nguyen B V D, Watlom T, Wang T-H, and Peng C (2018) “Parameterising Pinecone Nastic Movement for Adaptable Architecture Design”, in W. Huang, M. Williams, D. Luo, Y. Wu and Y. Lin (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 17-19 May 2018.

caadria2018Abstract: This study investigates a digital modelling process that aims at achieving architectural flexibility and adaptability. Inspired by the pinecone nastic movement, a flexible modular design is proposed and evaluated through various methods including a mathematical parametric generator and origami-based fabrication simulation. The modular design system was applied to a specific chosen site with its environmental and contextual requirements. The results show how the pinecone-like nastic movement may be translated into design and fabrication of adaptive architecture. We discuss the likely impacts of the kinetic features on architectural sustainability as well as the effectiveness of parametric modelling. (Link to the full paper)


Liu C, Wang T-H, Meagher M and Peng C (2017) “Feather-inspired social media data processing for generating developable surfaces: Prototyping an affective architecture”, 35th eCAADe Conference—Sharing of Computable Knowledge,” Rome, Italy, 20-22 September 2017.

ecaade2017Abstract: This paper presents the development of an interactive installation intended as a prototype of experimental affective architecture connected with social media data processing. Social moods and emotions are now spread more widely and faster than ever before due to pervasive uses of social media platforms. We explore how data processing of users' expressions and sharing of moods/emotions through social media can become a source of influences on shaping the form and behaviour of interactive architecture. The interactive prototyping method includes (1) a feather-inspired data-to-shape rule system together with the ShapeOp Library for generating strips as developable surfaces, (2) a physical computing platform built with Arduino micro-processor and shape memory alloy
springs for actuation, and (3) physical model-making. (Link to the full paper on cumincad.org)