Paper on Dancing Sculptures and Lightweight Mobile Structures at CAADFutures 2017, Turkey.

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July 2017 – I presented my paper, “From Costuming and Dancing Sculptures to Architecture: The Corporeal and Computational in Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Mobile Structures” at CAADFutures 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the conference was Future Trajectories of Computation in Design.

Cite this paper: 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.

Abstract: 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.

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