F I B R O U S
T E C T O N I C S
Research Workshop Project
Chris Meyer & Shawna Meyer
Creative Technology Lab Visiting Scholar, University of Miami School of Architecture, Litoral Urbanism Lab
The research, Fibrous Tectonics: Form-Active Surfaces, focuses on the investigation of structural surfaces through fibre based design techniques with the intent to generate responsive architectural elements specific to fluid environments. Through the development of tested methods and emerging fibrous-composite material applications within the discipline of architecture, the project aims to reposition these structural and material inquiries.
P R O C E S S
Using digital processes workshop enrollees command a set of operations or algorithms resulting in the definition of a single continuous structural surface. Specifically, the surface is defined by a continuous carbon fibre, deployed on a scaffolding constructed from CNC milled plywood profiles and 3D printed teeth. Each group develops the provided Grasshopper script to create a bespoke fibre layment path to accompany the associated scaffolding. The final algorithmic definition, constructed scaffolding and pre-impregnated carbon fibre is manifest into a hardened, rigid structural surface. Once the resin cures the carbon fibre surface is removed from the scaffolding - exposing a lightweight structurally sound, rigid surface that is aggregated with other carbon fibre elements into a structural network.