Interactive Textile Expressions in Spatial Design: Architecture as Synesthetic Expression

By Delia Dumitrescu.

Published by The Design Collection

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Extending the role of the surface from just an embellishment of the tectonics to communicative devices challenges the traditional design process in architecture. Through a series of design examples, the paper presents a research program that introduces and discusses a new grammar of ornamentation generated by the relation between surface expression and the act of use in the build space. Projects such as Knitted light, Touching loops, Designing with heat and Tactile glow are examples meant to analyze the relation between material, space, time and interaction expression through the design of three dimensional knitted interactive textile structures. The design process joins together different design fields such as architectural, textile and interaction design in order to re-define the relation between human being and space. The design process starts with the microstructure of the textile element and ends with the space design using the interaction design as a tool to relate the human presence to space. The paper aims to propose new interactive spatial expressions created by the integration of computational technology into soft interactive textile surfaces that enable the user to perceive the complexity of the architectural space through a synesthetic perception, that exceeds the limits of visuality.

Keywords: Architecture, 3d Knitted Textiles, Interactive, Synesthetic

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.11-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.583MB).

Delia Dumitrescu

Phd Student, The Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås), and Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg), University of Borås and Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden

Delia Dumitrescu is a designer and a researcher. She has an architect diploma and a master degree in textile design. Since 2008, Delia Dumitrescu is a Phd student at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg. Delia Dumitrescu’s research explores new ways to design textile materials that join together aesthetics and computation as manner to create interactive architectural environments; it investigates new forms of expression integrated into textile knitted structures that are meant to participate actively to our space experience. Her projects have been exhibited in different exhibitions around Europe such as Stockholm Furniture Fair, Salone Satellite- Furniture Fair, Milan, Responsive by Material Sense, Berlin, Hanover and Avantex, Frankfurt.


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