was a 3 1/2 weeks workshop by the 2010/11 MAS class at the Chair for CAAD
, ETH Zurich, supervised and tutored by Manuel Kretzer
and Ruairi Glynn
and supported through Lumitec AG
and Ulano Corp
. It merged advanced techniques in parametric design, digital fabrication, physical computing, electronics and material science with theories and computational approaches to machine intelligence and sets them into a real world context.
It resulted in several kinetic light installations, made from laser-cut electroluminescent
(EL) foils, which sensed location, number and velocity of human occupants and responded through a multitude of wirelessly networked components to encourage further interaction with the environment.
The experiment is situated in three rooms of an idle emergency bunker below ETH Zurich’s Science City Campus. Each room reflects a different theme and approach to physically animate the distinctive material properties at an architectural scale. EL foils are extremely thin, flexible and lightweight screens, which emit a homogeneous cold light across their surface without the need for additional infrastructure.
More information can be found at:
Outcome of material gathering and brainstorming sessions.
CAAD lectures on Vimeo
Ruairi Glynn flyer
Ruairi Glynn video
Daniel Bisig flyer
Daniel Bisig video
Mette Thomsen flyer
Mette Thomsen video