Responsive Surfaces Summer School

Responsive Surfaces Summer School

11-23 September 2017

The summer school aims to provide participants with the theoretical and instrumental skills necessary to deal with the design and construction of responsive surfaces. The theoretical principles relate geometrical aspects, kinematic and interaction with forms. Instrumental skills consist in the ability to work with software and actuation devices, to experience - with the small-scale of physical models - the creation of responsive surfaces.The course consists of a series of lectures (lectures), practice exercises (fablab), modelling, interaction and surfaces design (design lab).The first part of the course will address the basics of geometric theory required to design kinetic surfaces. Subsequently the course will address algorithms and software useful for their  digital implementation; the acquired knowledge will allow students  to virtually simulate  the designed surfaces. Parallel to the virtual simulation, students will build physical models of kinetic surfaces. These activities will be conducted initially on an experimental basis and subsequently it will be aimed at the realization of the models made during the design activity (design lab). In the final part of the course physical models will be completed with environmental sensors, digital logic and actuation devices, so as to be seen as responsive surfaces. Participants will able to use, for experimental purposes, the equipment for physical modeling: 3D printers, plotter cutting, thermoforming, and a variety of materials for the construction of physical prototypes.