Italy, Rome

Responsive surfaces

when 14 September 2015 - 26 September 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 250

The summer school aims to provide participants with the theoretical and instrumental skills necessary to deal with the design and construction of responsive surfaces. The theoretical principles relate geometrical aspects, kinematic and interaction with forms. Instrumental skills consist in the ability to work with software and actuation devices, to experience - with the small-scale of physical models - the creation of responsive surfaces.

Course leader

Prof. Graziano Mario Valenti
Faculty of Architecture
'Sapienza' University of Rome

Target group

Responsive surface Summer School targets students enrolled in an University course (Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design).

Course aim

The course consists of a series of lectures (lectures), practice exercises (fablab), modelling, interaction and surfaces design (design lab).

The first part of the course will address the basics of geometric theory required to design kinetic surfaces. Subsequently the course will address algorithms and software useful for their digital implementation; the acquired knowledge will allow students to simulate virtually the designed surfaces. Parallel to the virtual simulation, students will build physical models of kinetic surfaces. These activities will be conducted initially on an experimental basis and subsequently it will be aimed at the realization of the models made during the design activity (design lab) In the final part of the course physical models will be completed with environmental sensors, digital logic and actuation devices, so as to be seen as responsive surfaces.

During the course, students will use softwares like Rhinoceros and Grasshopper together some others plugin, which are necessary to interface and interact virtual models with real surfaces.

Students will also use actuation devices and electronics prototyping platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry. These will have the task of transforming the information from the sensors into actions of surfaces' movement .

Participants will able to use, for experimental purposes, the equipment for physical modeling: three 3D printers, plotter cutting, thermoforming, and a variety of materials for the construction of physical prototypes.

Fee info

EUR 250: Quick Fee Student (for payments by 23 of august) - € 250.00

Base Fee Student (between the 24 of august to 6 of september) - € 300.00
EUR 350: Quick Fee Senior (for payments by 23 of august) - € 350.00

Base Fee Senior - (between the 24 of august to 6 of september) € 400.00