Thursday, November 10, 2005

Kinetic form

Terzidis K., Expressive Form: A Conceptual Approach to Computational Design, London: Spon Press, 2003, Chapter 3: Kinetic Form pp.33-45

From this chapter, I selected parts that found the most important. It is not a summary.

Kinetic form
'Kinetic is a term used to describe a situation related to or produced by motion' ; motion is the act or process of changing position or place over time. While the goal of motion may be immovability, the goal of kinetic form is to express perpetual motion through its immovable structure.

Observations : The perception of motion is relative ;

Superimposition is the act of laying or placing something on or over something else and can express motion.

Sequential justaposition : a serie of changes to a form are laid out in a sequential fashion, suggest motion by evolution, continuity.

Friction is a force that resist the relative motion perceived as motion when associated with matter and force.

Deformation can be associated with friction

Adhesion, stickiness, resistance and sluggishness suggest resistance to motion

Abscence as the state of being away and subtraction as the act of taking something away imply change since something was detached or dissappeared.

Aftereffect is an effect following its cause after some delay

Motion can be suggested to the viewer and not be literal, e.g. through metaphor or analogy like in the showing of a waterfalls without water.

Imagine a design where all is in motion. A variety of elements (geometrical form or symbolic form signifying a memory from the past) can be selected by a designer who directs the event. All the in between stages are transparent and become part of the compositional experience. The result is a moving image the behavior of which becomes the responsability of the designer.

« Kandinsky dreamed of a 'great city built according to all the rules of architecture and then suddenly shaken by a force that defies all calculation'. This dream sums up the double challenge of architecture and architectural theory today and the double challenge of computational design.(…) The architect of the past is seen as the virtuoso performer. The future architect may become the composer of symphonies in form, space, and color ».

By Cati in kinetic architecture

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