Posts Tagged 'Kinetic Installation'

REACTIVE Exhibit Opening

The semester long work of an Inconvenient Studio will be on display in the College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center. Open May 8th – June 1st. REACTIVE investigating architecture that thinks will not only feature documentation of the studio process, but also kinetic physical prototypes such as Reflex.

Join the studio Friday May 8th at the College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center from 12-2 to celebrate the opening of REACTIVE, and get a first look at the exhibit!



MorphoLuminescence Contributors

We would like to acknowledge the generous support which we have received from the following sponsors:




Their sponsorship will allow the team to construct MorphoLuminescence, which will be  featured in REACTIVE investigating architecture that thinks, an Inconvenient Studio exhibit at The College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center. For more information on how you can contribute to the studio, contact Brandon at

An Inconvenient STUDIO Publication

The body of work created this semester will be featured in a publication assembled by the studio. Contents of the publication will include projects, process, and reflections from studio members. For more information contact Brandon Hoopingarner Look for it this summer 2009 through on-line publisher Lulu.

Sample Pages

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.

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



Adam Buente . Kyle Perry . Elizabeth Boone
Twist focuses on transition spaces in order to create an awareness of self and of others in space. The lycra fabric twists with help from an inner, acrylic frame. The rotating frame stretches the fabric into a gill like opening which allows users to see beyond. The intention of the project is to speculate on a kinetic window shading system that could replace current installments. The shades would only open as the user walks by allowing light to be softly blocked throughout the day. The system is component based and can be expanded to any swath of window sizes. We plan to investigate further prototypes with the use of Arduino computing and more sophisticated motor and sensing technologies.


Sound Shadow

Eric Brockmeyer . Deepak Baniya . Yevgen Monakhov
We began by thinking of needs of students and faculty in the studio environment.  Studios thrive in an open and shared space where ideas have the ability to move from desk to desk.  This leaves, however, no real space for private conversation due to the high noise level and the proximity of studio mates.  Private conversations are currently held in the public hallway.  These conversations include those speaking to one another about private matters, cell phone users making calls outside of the studio, discussions of studio work that some may feel uncomfortable talking about in a larger setting, or simply those who want to escape the ambient noise that exists in the studio.

While iPods and computers have allowed students to create their own private space within the larger studio environment, we do not have a quiet, private setting for conversation.

For these reasons, we propose a dynamic privacy space within the studio.  This space would exist conditionally; if the surrounding studio is too loud and people move into the space it will deploy, or if someone chooses to manually deploy the system that will also be possible.  This system will define a space even when it is not in use, but will allow visual access to remain across it.  To allow for flexibility of implementation and minimal impact on the space, we have decided upon attaching and deploying from the ceiling.  This will allow for a multitude of functions to take place beneath the system and minimize impact on the studio footprint.


Brandon Hoopingardner . Brianna Newton . Paul Konwinski
In an attempt to define variable space, the studio examined organic responses to the natural environment. Tulips open and close their petals in response to sunlight. The Venus Flytrap snap shut when prey stimulates it trichomes. When threatened by a predator the armadillo’s overlapping plates allow it to roll up into a placental ball. Utilizing Lego sensors, Bloom open and closes its four petals in response to human motion and sound at various intervals – Bloom interprets its environment and adjusts its shape accordingly. In this way, the installation can open to an intrusive group or enclose a silent passerby (or vice-versa).


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