During this week we have introduced another layer of complexity into the project: Materiality.

Acrylic + Cotton thread + Wool thread + Metal Rings + Water

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Materiality brings the problems of physics: weight, gravity, resistance, stiffness, flexibility, adherence, orientation, etc. The goal of this is to develop an organizational model through the indirect manipulation of materials.


In order to see and understand the different variations, we started by adding two acrylic grid systems. This allows us to add dimensionality and complexity to the design.

First, we decided to explore a new material (cotton thread) to compare the different outcomes from each other.


Changing from one material to another, we discovered that cotton thread give us more control over the geometry than the rubber band. It allowed us to manipulate the form more freely. In the other hand, the forces applied to the rubber bands determined the form.

Branching Studies

In the first iteration, we mimic the system from the rubber band to understand how two different materials react to the same applied forces.

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In the second iteration, we added two more grid systems to introduce another level of complexity. This allowed us to analyze geometries created by using different planes.

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The next transformation consists of a second level of branching variation in order to spread the cotton thread in more directions.

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In the last configuration we doubled the area of contact between the thread and the gridded surface.

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Although we understood the capabilities of the materials, we decided to analyze another branching structure; a system that is influenced by adding data (water) to the organization. Using loose wool thread and water as the data we allowed for the material to move freely and create its own form.

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The directionality and geometric definition is based upon the materiality. Basically, the form is created by responding to a grouping of tensioned strings along a grid system. And a second degree of variability is added by differentiating the metal ring heights, which branch the strings at different levels. Overall, the end product explores the idea of unexpected conditions and what might happen when geometries intersect, overlap or diverge.

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