How can simple folding transform a 2D sheet into a compelling 3D light modulator? Dynamically adjusting the structure can shield or bounce light. The purpose is to explore how kinetically adjustable surface structures could create useful and beautiful sunshading screens. These were designed and created by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng and Jeffrey Maas in summer 2010 at the University of Oregon in Portland.
We found that each scale of the design informed the other, from the material fiber, single motifs to 3D formations and site-specific installations. After finding how each minimalist slit and fold motif distorts the sheet, we combined motifs into patterns that generate emergent convex and concave geometries.