Hamtramck, Michigan | Fall/Winter 2017 | Thesis
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Architecture of transformation considers the varying roles that a kinetic architecture can play by way of expansion, contraction, movement, and interaction. The negotiation between passive and active interaction, habitability and inhabitability, and the movement of boundary and landmark all act as response to user input.
Focusing on the possibilities of architecture that responds to user needs, Hinge alters itself from a passive to an active interaction, from uninhabitable to habitable through the physical and perceived expansion of its boundary. The project not only encourages interaction with the user, but requires it. Hinge exists in two different states, open and closed, with the former providing a customizable programmed experience for the user. Standing as a passive information point in its closed position, Hinge allows for information to be posted about the events around Popps Packing as well as skill sharing opportunities in the area. The home placement of Hinge is sited to allow for close access to the sidewalk, encouraging use from the passersby. In the open position, Hinge changes form in multiple directions, expanding its boundary and increasing its presence. It provides specific interaction points such as a window and posting wall in this open position. The structure itself is able to be broken into three distinct pieces and moved to other locations, providing a site is prepped, in order to provide information at the various Popps Packing events during the year.
Hinges, pivot points and tracks are embedded within each panel allow for this flexibility and transformation, giving the user a full range of possible configurations based on the needs of the event. Materials and pattern are chosen to disguise the potential expanded form and create surfaces for posting. The movement of these panels allow for the form to expand and negotiate the roles of a kinetic architecture.