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IVI installation is a prototype of architectural experimental design and fabrication. It is the end-result of the architectural programme that was organized in Chania, Greece, by the Architectural Association, school of architecture in London, in October 2016. The intense programme focused its scientific approach in making use of advanced methodologies for architectural design, interactive spatial systems and digital methods for fabrication through a series of parametric morphologies and manipulation of space. Within a period of 10 days the design team researched, tested and realized the prototype.
Various cultural and environmental elements have been embedded within the design to promote a series of current issues of the contemporary way of thought. The fabrication of the prototype has been realized via a participatory process with a serial of comparative approach methods and multiple alternative experimentations that enabled a family of in-between sketches, drawings and models. The final prototype is made of 45 square meters of kite fabric held together by 400 meters of fiber. It is a light-weight structure, the form of which has been designed through the use of various computer software such as Autodesk Maya, Rhinoceros 5 and Grasshopper. The form is defined by two pumps that inflate it with air. The prototype’s interior is accessible and is where the users experience a series of projection simulations. These digital optical projections derive from the investigation of Chania’s urban fabric and aim to encourage relations of interaction and participation by the visitors, with the use of an AGILE powered Raspberry Pi microcontroller which allows for interaction via smart phone devices that change the projection on the specific mapped area.
AA Greece Programme Head: Alexandros Kallegias. AA VS Director: Christopher Pierce. Tutoring Team: Alexandros Kallegias, Yue Shi ,Pierre Bianchi. Interaction Collaborator: Charalampos Doukas. Fabrication Collaborator: Rallou Nikolaidou Participants: Konstantina Kousari, Evangelia Apostolaki, Paraskevi Malea, Maria Antoniou, Marianna Bagordaki, Styliani Michael, Joanne Spyridi, Kohei Morishita, Ioannis Mitsis, Georgios Sketopoulos, Spyridon Nikolopoulos, Georgios Vlasios Pakalidis, Zhuxi Zeng, Nikoletta Karastathi.