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Systems and patterns of complex folding are found throughout nature, from DNA strands and insect wings to mammalian brain structure and tectonic landforms. Folding employed as a design technique can allow an object to morph, collapse or expand with economy of space, efficiency in mobility, increase in strength and elegance of form. By creating simple to complex forms through manipulation of flat sheets of materials, students in this studio laboratory learn to first reference paper methods used in origami and tessellation patterns to understand folding as a primary design tactic. Biomimetic inquiry and research includes exploration of scale (nano to macro), chaos and organization, and structural properties found in nature. With the RISD Library’s Material + Visual Resource Center as a vital resource, students then investigate the potential of material to inform a proposed design solution to a pressing social, economic or environmental issue, engineering of a new material or future project development.
(Photo by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH)
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380