Friday, November 7, 2008

Textile Futures Research Group

Textile Futures Research Group - What Future for Living Textiles? Friday 24th October.
The Friday session focused on textiles within architecture.

Slow Furl by Mette Ramsgard Thomsen is a wall of textiles that is very slowly moved by hidden armatures. It is 'self touching' in that when certain wires cross they activate responses.

Richard Bonser of Central Biometrics at Reading University spoke on the way that nature uses fewer materials in more intelligent ways than we do. I knew that self cleaning windows and paint existed but Richard explained how they work by imitating the surface of a Lotus leaf which is incredibly rough so that dirt finds it easier to bind with water (rain) than the surface of the leaf.

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