“Nervous Ether: Soft Aggregates, Interactive Skins” by Velikov, O’Malley, Simbuerger and Thün

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    Nervous Ether: Soft Aggregates, Interactive Skins

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    This paper describes the authors’ exploration and experimentation with cellular pneumatic aggregates for kinetic, environmentally responsive envelope systems. The work is situated within the history and technology of pneumatic structures, biological paradigms, the agency and aesthetics of material, information translation, and the tension between performance and affect within responsive environments. The paper elaborates on the physical and computational development of novel pneumatic systems, experimentation with their interactive capabilities, and a recently completed installation, Nervous Ether, a pneumatic spatial envelope that operates as an instrument to register and communicate remote environmental information while also developing affective interaction with inhabitants.

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    4. Ibid., 27–45.

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    7. Ibid., 157.

    8. Ibid., 11.

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    12. Ibid., 22.

    13. Ibid., 5.

    14. Ibid., 19.

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    23. Negroponte, Nicholas, Soft Architecture Machines (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1975), 147.

    24. Velikov, Kathy, and Geoffrey Thün, “Responsive Building Envelopes: Characteristics and Evolving Paradigms,” Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes, ed. Franca Trubiano (London: Routledge, 2013), 75–92.

    25. Hasdell, Peter, “Pneuma: An Indeterminate Architecture, or, Toward a Soft and Weedy Architecture,” Design Ecologies: Sustainable Potentials in Architecture, ed. Lisa Tilder and Beth Blostein (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), 92–113.

    26. Vincent, Julian, “Biomimetics of Skins,” Functional Properties of Bio-Inspired Surfaces: Characterization and Technological Applications, ed. Eduardo Favret and Nestor Fuentes (London: World Scientific Publishing, 2009), 3.

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    30. Negroponte, Nicholas, Soft Architecture Machines (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1975), 133.


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