Sarah Bonnmaison & Christine Macy
Matt Gorbet, Susan Gorbet, Rob Gorbet
Donald E Ingber
Susan Kozel & Gretchen Schiller
Maja Kuzmanovic & Nik Gaffney
Tristan d’Estrée Sterk
John Storrs Hall
Jordi Truco Calbet
Architecture and Movement
This past summer we recorded dancer’s movements using the magic wand of motion-capture — tracing them in three-dimensional space. Looking closely at their paths on the computer, we see how they curl into small spirals, open up into large arcs, twist into curves and fold back upon themselves. As we translate these paths into architectural structures, we materialize movement and reveal the inner workings of a dancer’s motion into tangible, habitable structures we call Gestures. The power to portray movement in architecture, is the subject of reflection for this essay.
Bonnemaison and Macy’s design partnership Filum, is a research-based practice focusing on ephemeral architecture and the form-finding and fabrication of tensile structures. Their recent work explores the role of motion-capture technologies in architectural design. They are also architectural historians and critics. Macy and Bonnemaison co-authored Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape (Routledge, 2003), Bonnemaison is currently working on a book about installations by architects and Macy is completing a visual history of dams in the United States (W.W.Norton Press forthcoming). They are both on the architectural faculty of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
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