Arcus Animus

During a four day intensive workshop this installation was completed in collaboration with Philip Beesly of The University of Waterloo, and Brad Rothenberg of Pratt Institute. Funding for this collaboration was made possible by The Institute for Digital Fabrication. Our past studio pursuits fed into this physical kinetic evolution of lightweight material manipulations. Tasks were divided among the studio members in order to manufacture the acrylic mesh, create the bamboo and mylar elements, wire the Arduino boards, sensors, and solenoids, and fit out the installation space. The result is a scaffold of suspended kinetic meshwork, populated by secondary components such as light weight, expanded textile layers. Responding in conjunction with microprocessor-controlled actuators and sensors, the system self adjusts based on the location of users in the space. Such dynamic performance offers an example of a responsive architectural envelope.

We were amazed at the amount of work produced in such a short period of time, and appreciate the effort given by Philip and Brad.

Please leave a comment. We want your feedback.

What do you think about this project?
What do you feel are the implications of this design?
What is your immediate reaction?
Should architecture react to humans?



6 Responses to “Arcus Animus”

  1. 1 ArchStudent01 03.16.09 at 7:13 pm

    What do you think about this project?
    I think this is one of the most responsive and provocative installations produced by a graduate level studio.
    Should architecture react to humans?
    Architecture inherently responds to humans through scale and materiality. This type of architectural response could lead to more responsible designs, in relationship to both the user and the environment.

  2. 2 Anon 03.18.09 at 7:22 pm

    it looks cool… but what does it do?

  3. 3 Anonymous 03.19.09 at 4:54 am

    Just watched the video all the way through. There is something very intriguing about the movements of the installation when you can’t hear the popping noise.

  4. 4 Boyun "Sam Chiou 03.20.09 at 7:45 pm

    Nicely done! It’s very cool project!
    To answer Anon, my friend and I think it will be cool if its become an installation in a club (if the sensor can sense melody), or it can become an installation in the airport walkway~
    Good Job! Deepak and the team! 🙂

  5. 5 Gennie 03.25.09 at 3:28 pm


    Very very very cool. I’m digging the interaction between human and his architectural surroundings. A very interesting thought. It has evolved from energy efficient lighted hallways reacting to movement to having dancing, twisting shades. Very cool. Is all of this on display down in Muncie? I’d really like to zip down to see it. I’m sure Marek would, too. Great job, man. I’m excited to see what else you come up with. Hooray for lego robotics!!!

    Hope to see you soon.

  6. 6 Gennie's Mom (a.k.a., Wendy) 03.28.09 at 11:46 pm

    Just some random thoughts/questions that popped into my head in no particular order:

    -As Spock would say, “Fascinating.” I most definitely agree!

    -Is your creation actually architecture or is it, rather, an interior design installation? This would seem to depend on one’s definition of architecture — what is yours? Perhaps mine is too limited…

    -Whichever of the above it is, it is sooo very organic in sooo many ways!

    -The only “programming” I’ve ever done was with a little thing called Turtle (yes, I’m old). Although it was an extremely simple language, I was impressed with the results I got. My program drew a rhinoceros head and typed out, Black Rhinoceros: Endangered! I was pleased when my little program got an A+, but I’m totally blown away with yours! I trust the team was well rewarded for its results.

    -Applications? Public spaces and private residences. If programming were simple, the person could create his/her own responses. How cool would that be?!

    -For the programming impaired, this could come with multiple programs that could be used to reflect/respond/change a person’s current emotional state.

    -Is this ‘experience’ open to the public?

    -I’m imagining the twisting vertical blinds in one of those glass enclosed walkways over a busy street/highway… or in long interior corridors (intermittently placed or the full length) perhaps with a lighted, frosted-glass wall behind, bathed in colored or full-spectrum light, cool either way!

    -A cat owner could not own something like this unless it was an overhead installation, as anything that moves is fair game!

    -People with pet dander allergies should rejoice; they can have something responsive in the house without sneezing and never having to feed or vacuum up after it!

    -What type of response would this bring from an autistic individual and could this be used as another form of therapy?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

BiWeekly Newsletter

Email us at to sign up for our biweekly newsletter.

Contribute to the Studio

The Inconvenient Studio is looking to expand our efforts and would appreciate any contributions. For more information on ways that you can be involved please contact Brandon Hoopingarner of our fundraising department at

Recent Photos


%d bloggers like this: