Flatiron Plaza competition-Transsolar+Architensions

Radiant Forest is a pavilion that promotes interaction between people and encourages gathering in a comfortable environment. A composition of movable and stationary vertical slats partially skinned with a mirror film reflects visitors and passersby, highlighting the beautiful differences in our city across changing colors, seasons, days and nights. The forest invites visitors to follow unpredictable paths as they are drawn to an area by fiber optic curtains and radiant heating dishes. A sensor activates the radiant dishes and the fiber optics light up with RGB irradiation map colors, measuring the real-time temperature of the bodies occupying the space. (Archdaily) In this project, I worked in the energy consultant team in Transsolar in collaboration with Architensions.

http://www.archdaily.com/798489/lot-wins-competition-to-transform-flatiron-plaza-in-new-york

©BikeOn Bumper- Gensler

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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 the day and protect them from passing cars, and at times and locations not needed it can move back to its horizontal situation, which allows car to drive on them in order to make the street more flexible at different times of the day.

 

©Adaptive Pneumatic Shading

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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.

©Catapult[Bi-Stable Chair]

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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). 

 

 

 

 

©Heat Actuated Responsive Facade

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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.