Elnaz Tafrihi

Computational Architecture, Interaction Design

©BikeOn Bumper- Gensler

In this project our goal was To create a physical barrier between the car and the bike that is installed on a street temporarily (weeks, months), then packed up, transported and then re-installed on other streets. This transformable element has the ability to move vertically in order to create a safe pathway for bikes throughout…
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Gradients of Rigidity


©Adaptive Pneumatic Shading

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…
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©Catapult[Bi-Stable Chair]

  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…
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Real-Time Structural Analysis

  The aim of this project is to enhance the ability of designers to visualize and compute structural analysis within a short period of time. As a real time interactive tool, its intention is to familiarize people with everyday shell structures as well as assist in early stage form finding. Based on loading conditions that…
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Abu Simbel Visitors’ Center

Designed with zero-energy aspirations, this visitors’ center is designed at the historic site of Abu Simbel temples, in the challenging climate of Aswan, Egypt. Passive strategies played an important role in this project including evaporative cooling, natural ventilation, natural light, and also in order to reduce the cooling load of the building. Cooling is achieved using…
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©Heat Actuated Responsive Facade

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…
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Arkitectured Bioplastic Disekted