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Based on new technologies for adaptive building skins, Emergent Surface is a wall that continuously reconfigures itself–portions selectively disa… Read More
Based on new technologies for adaptive building skins, Emergent Surface is a wall that continuously reconfigures itself–portions selectively disappearing and reappearing. In one condition, the piece appears as a solid surface with three-dimensional curvature. In another, it resolves itself into seven slender poles, running floor to ceiling. And between these extremes lie an infinite variety of configurations. These different states represent the physical embodiment of digital information. As such, Emergent Surface represents a kind of 'material media', operating not on bandwidths of light and sound, but in terms of variable solidity and permeability. Read Less
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Emergent Surface
2008 | Museum of Modern Art | Design and the Elastic Mind Exhibition | New, USA


Based on new technologies for adaptive building skins,Emergent Surface is a wall that continuously reconfigures itself–portionsselectively disappearing and reappearing. In one condition, the piece appearsas a solid surface with three-dimensional curvature. In another, it resolvesitself into seven slender poles, running floor to ceiling. And between theseextremes lie an infinite variety of configurations.

These different states represent the physical embodiment ofdigital information. As such, Emergent Surface represents a kind of 'materialmedia', operating not on bandwidths of light and sound, but in terms ofvariable solidity and permeability.

Learn more about this project on hoberman.com
Photography: Werner Lorke
Photography: Werner Lorke
Photography: Werner Lorke
Photography: Ziggy Drozdowski
Editing: Robin Dashnaw