This project explores the design of a hybrid structure that has the ability to adapt to its environment and help the user feel more comfortable in harsh climate conditions. The focus of this project is day time in high temperatures.
In order to reach comfort, the idea of an adaptive shading device that controls the solar exposure has been explored, a system that covers parts of face and head during the day and gets deactivated when there is not high solar exposure.
The design brief called for a ‘fuzzy’ object, one that demonstrates hybrid function as well as hybrid structure. Our aim was to create an object that at one moment would functions as one thing and would transform into something completely different. Rather than combining 2 objects simultaneously, we wanted to create an object that at one moment would functions as one thing, and when under stress, would transform into something completely different. We decided early on that it could possibly be a table (under light load, i.e. books, cat) and then a chair (under heavy load, i.e. person sitting).
Considering the high demand for more adaptable and reconfigurable structures, this research project focuses on the design and development of highly deformable materials/patterns(auxetics). These adaptive structures introduce the potential for highly active/deformable structures/objects that have the ability to respond to an external stimuli, structures that have multiple stages based on their adaptation mode( environment,…). Auxetics are materials that have a negative Poisson ration, meaning that if they get stretched they get thicker .perpendicular to the applied force. Auxetics behaviors is caused by internal structure and can be found from Nano, to Macro scale.