XO: Soft Ecologies

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    Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment Physical
    Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment Physical
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    Images of earlier experiments
    Earlier Experiments
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    Image of Small Scale Unit Formation Experiment Physical The Gripper
    Small Scale Unit Formation Experiment Physical The Gripper
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    Small Scale Unit Formation Experiment Physical The Sphere
    Small Scale Unit Formation Experiment Physical The Sphere
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Depiction of the sphere in different states: jammed, neutral, and inflated
    Medium Scale Body Formation Through Jamming
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
    Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Gripper taxonomy chart
    Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of grippers
    Suzan Ibrahim
    Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
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    Images of earlier experiments
    Earlier Experiments
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
    Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of different Small Scale Unit Form Experiment results
    Small Scale Unit Form Experiments
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    An ecology of grippers and spheres in high population
    Large Scale Ecology Formation Experiment
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of Small Scale Unit Movement Experiment
    Small Scale Unit Movement Experiment
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Process images of the gestures and movements of the gripper
    Gestures and Movements
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Close up image of gripper
    Small Scale Unit Skin Experiment
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Large Scale Ecology Formation Experiment
    Large Scale Ecology Formation Experiment
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Abstract image of Large Scale Ecology Formation Experiment Magnetic
    Large Scale Ecology Formation Experiment Magnetic
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Time lapse of the effect of magnetic putty interacting with a magnet
    Growth Strategy Experiment
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Graphic depiction of rulesets body plan evolution
    Conditions / Rulesets as Metabolism Drivers
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Digital model of Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment
    Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment Digital
    Suzan Ibrahim
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    Image of Physical Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment
    Medium Scale Body Formation Experiment Physical
    Suzan Ibrahim
Design
Research-Creation
Critical Matter: Materials, Computation + Craft
Project Team

Aleksandar Bursac, Georgia Tsoli, Lisa Kuhnhausen, Suzan Ibrahim Architectural Association Design Research Lab M.Arch 2016: Theodore Spyropoulos Studio

Project Date

XO is a research project that is positioned as a way to investigate softness in architecture not only in a programmatic sense, but also working through the problems of softness materially. We therefore propose a self regulated system that exploits the gradients of pliability and softness as a technique to deal with problems of mobility, formation, structuring and organization within a system. To achieve these goals we employ communication strategies that negotiate between taxonomies within an ecology that controls the outcome of the ecology’s self-regulated properties.

Working up from the lowest level of organization and intelligence, our system starts by defining two taxonomies that interact within the system. These separate taxonomies use the division of labour specified by their characteristics in a collaborative model to achieve complex goals. We refer to these two taxonomies as spheres and grippers. The sphere is a passive unit whose motivation is to regulate the system. The gripper’s primary goal is to organize and interface with the system. The simple goals of these taxonomies cause seemingly anonymous behaviour when deployed as a small population, but once deployed in the thousands discernible emergent formational qualities begin to manifest within the ecology. Over time the system slowly, yet continuously reconfigures. With this we aim to challenge the idea of modularity by establishing various relationships at every level of the organization. That is to say that that the increments of the system, at any given time, can be seen as a singular element or the co-dependencies of elements comprising the system — the distinguishing of a single part becomes blurred. Within our ecology the many can be seen as one.