AA Visiting School dubai - Articulate Performance

The 'Articulate Performance' interactive pavilion is composed of lightweight materials that provide a surface for human interaction through vision, sound and touch.

The project was conceived through material processes that explored the potential of fabric as a structural tensile material. The digitally generated structure was conceived through a bespoke algorithmic process that simulated the optimal form of the structure, the form is then subdivided into pieces that were laser cut from a tensile fabric and sewn together.

The pieces were stretched on a flexible framework of GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer) rods, which were anchored with concrete blocks to achieve a freestanding structure.

Animated simulations were mapped onto the structure geometry, and programmed to adhere to the confines of the structure. The structure then became an interactive spatial installation that is controlled using feedback  from sound, touch and motion. Sensors were used to capture that input from visitors.

The results of the workshop were exhibited in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai.

  1. Location
    Dubai, UAE
  2. Program Head
    Riyad Joucka
  3. Program Coordinator
    Maryam Altaf
  4. Tutor
    Alessandro Zomparelli, Hashem Joucka, Sean Ahlquist
  5. Team
    Ohood AlHashimi, Naqiyah Abbas,
    Maximilian Seiferlein, Deepti Dutt Srinath,
    Yara Youssef, Akshay Mehta, Tala Fasheh,
    Badria Almaazmi, Mariam Alhammadi, Bushra Ahmed
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System diagrams showing topologically optimized 3D printed Detail  Elements.

Assembly of pavilion on site using GFRP rods.

Timelapse video showing the process of designing and building the 'Articulate Performance' pavilion.

Rendered Simulation showing the pavilion global form.

Computed simulation of GFRP Rod structural behavior.

Projection mapping experiments on stretched fabric surfaces.

Video Showing Projection mapping experiments on stretched fabric surfaces.

Topologically optimized 3D printed component.

Slides showing 'Articulate Performance' Research Process.

Photo showing 3D printed Detail Elements.

Diagram showing Fabric Cells laser-cut profile catalog.


Video showing the 'Articulate Performance' pavilion in the exhibition space.