Sections, tessellations, folding, contouring and forming are all considerations when imagining the mantle that divides or establishes a “skin”. We will investigate the qualities that surfaces need to possess to develop new spatial paradigms, leading to sculptural responses to these conditions.
Through a series of discrete exercises coupling digital fabrication and design techniques with analog processes, students in this course will gain familiarity with digital space and creative systems thinking and analog build processes. Students will design solutions to extant problems using digital modeling software; these digital designs will then be translated into functional analog objects by way of hand, machine, and robotic tools. We will observe the multiple transitions from digital to analog, with a keen eye toward understanding the qualities of each state (if indeed they can be neatly separated).