Pop, Lift and Drop It!
Transformable structures and deployable shelters are nothing new. Over the past half-century, researchers have developed many innovative origami-inspired shelters for military housing, disaster relief and offering the homeless a place to sleep. Deployable and transformable structures can also be used for concerts, exhibits, installations or other temporary events. In this project, I explored a variety of strategies for designing deployable structures and chose to focus on the Rotational Erection System (RES) by Yoshinobu Miyamoto. I worked within this system to make more horizontally expansive fractal-like structures. From there, I developed three strategies for actuation: pop, lift and drop.
Project completed for Geometric Folding Algorithms at MIT with Erik Demaine