kinetic origami



Co-Researcher /

Designer with Thanonchai Watlom



eCAADe 2018


March 2018



This study proposes a design process that can be suitable to dynamic architecture. Developed from a dynamic component design, the process explores the balance between architectural adaptability and flexibility. While an architectural component needs to be flexible to be applicable to different environmental and functional requirements, the adaption process applied to a specific site transforms it and limits its flexibility.

Therefore, the parametric tools were used in both ways: to generate the flexibility as well as to limit it to gain adaptability. In other words, the design process becomes an information feedback loop between idea development and (site-specific) possibility evaluation

The concept of optimising architectural components to gain maximum effectiveness in this paper is derived from the inspiration of “morphogenesis”. As a term used in natural sciences, this process continuously evaluates geometrical forms until they reach a goal of adaptation to a specific environment or a known requirement.

To reduce the generating time and resources, a hypothesis is proposed, in which architectural optimisation process need to be limited by sets of rules based on phasic goals, in order to gain efficiency. Following this rule, the design process is proceeded in three phases: (1) Optimisation of geometry based on efficient movement; (2) Maximisation the effectiveness of the controlling mechanism and (3) Balancing of adaptability and flexibility based on site-analysis.