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Responsive Surfaces

The Sapienza "Responsive Surfaces" Summer School aims to provide participants with the theoretical and instrumental skills necessary to work on the design and construction of responsive surfaces.
The course consists of a series of lectures (lectures), practice exercises (fablab), modelling, interaction and surfaces design (design lab). 
The course will focus on theoretical principles related to 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. 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 for their digital implementation. 
Students will learn how to simulate virtually designed surfaces and build physical models of kinetic surfaces. Activities will be conducted initially on an experimental basis and subsequently on the development 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.
The Responsive Surface Summer School (R3S) will be held from September 14 to 26, 2015 at the Sapienza Faculty of Architecture from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.
For further information: "Responsive Surfaces" Summer School



  • Faculty of Architecture
    Via Emanuele Gianturco, 2
    00196 Rome, Italy