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Muncie Makes Lab (MML) First Thursday

  • Muncie Makes Lab 628 South Walnut Street Muncie, IN (map)

second floor:

HUGGABLE ARCHITECTURE

Rachel Dickey with Morganne Walker

soft
1. easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold
2. having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition.

empathetic
1. the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others
2.the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work ofart, feelings or attitudes present in oneself:

warm
1. having or giving out a moderate degree of heat, as perceived by the senses
2. characterized by or showing lively feelings, passions, emotions, sympathies, etc.

bodily
1. of or relating to the body - the physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant
2. corporeal or material, as contrasted with spiritual or mental.

Huggable Architecture is and exhibit produced as part of the Design Innovation Fellowship at Ball State University. It is no mere representation of design research, but rather a demonstration of it. In an effort of design and making, the exhibit interrogates how we might mediate between the quantitative and qualitative aspects of design by drawing on ideas of softness, empathy, warmth, and the body. It takes an opportunistic approach to design research and tries to find the equilibrium between computational control and material volition by bringing together a change of state material with a digitally controlled and automated flexible mold. Securing 1,150 pounds of gypsum cement—one of the most commonly used building materials today—an unconventional approach to its use was derived for freezing geometric variations achieved by the parametric mold. The sea of individual soft, dense, pure casts that result taxonomize the range of curvature achieved through the reusable parametric mold.

Special thanks to:
Kaiyah Dickey
Daniel Eisinger
Rachael Henry
James Kerestes
Kevin Klinger
Janice Shimizu-Coggeshall
Helen Turner
I-Made

 

first floor:

Carol Burt