DEEP SURFACE Mesh Systems as Strategy for Shaping Dynamic Space

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    Reinhardt, Dagmar
    2007 Conference Papers
    Digital architecture
    virtual environments


Abstract: Contemporary environments are considered territories, occupational zones, or durational spaces,
so consequently, concepts of architecture shift from stable typologies to formations in flux. Digital
technology enables change options through dynamic surface formations in design phases, yet usually
does not investigate post-productional, repeated dynamic formations in terms of material, structure and

The paper discusses a theoretical background and parameter framework that investigate the concept of
mesh systems as a strategy for an operative architectural surface. The mesh is applied as a design
principle that generates a reflective ability to changes in context and value systems, and thus enables a
response to cultural, social, or programmatic demands and performance criteria.

At the crossroad of fashion and architecture, Miyake’s structural and coded mesh strategies are indicative
surface formations engineered by material, structure and detail. The paper presents a design studio
methodology that translates Miyake’s mesh systems into Design Models for shaping dynamic space,
through a given framework that administers generative and effective parameters. The various solutions for
design models are developed through multiple iterative conversions between digital and analogue
modelling, and demonstrate solutions for a future architecture with interactive, responsive, and culturally
evoking capacities.


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