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Fire was commissioned as part of a University of Michigan initiative to explore arts-driven inquiry. Multidisciplinary teams were sponsored to develop work that explores environmental issues through one of the four natural emelents. The team was composed of an artist, architect, and aerospace engineer tasked to explore the element of Fire.

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Menotme is an urban comfort object; part street toy, part environment. Menotme is a luminous, playful, responsive form activated by squeezing which causes it to blush and is designed to provoke public affection as a defense against post-industrial anxiety.

Menotme is interested in transforming the urban environment in ways that increase socialization and pleasure and it’s designed to inspire new types of social behavior, interaction and play. Participation is essential. The more you interact with it, the more it performs.

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The tea house conforms to the traditional dimensions of a Japanese tea house of 9 x 9 x 6’, the space provides a series of interactions between user and space, space and robots.The tea house “eyes” are driven by the OMRON Smile Scan. The Smile Scan uses OMRONs OKAO Vision face-sensing technology. This technology relies on facial data gathered from over 1 million people, accumulated over ten years of study of the human face. The system measures the degree of a person’s smile from a camera-recorded facial image, it is based on key point movements and assigns a value between 1% and 100 %. In THR_33 this percentage controls how much the tea house’s “eyes” open. The tea house skin was laser cut and stitched together. The skin is made from two precisely cut synthetic paper pieces that interlock with one another.

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B.O.L.T.S. is an acronym for a Bug-Out Location/Tactical Shelter. B.O.L.T.S. is a shelter that taps into paranoia surrounding doomsday-preppers. “Bolts” plays off and builds upon multiple definitions of the word referring to a quantity of fabric, a quick escape, and a locking mechanism which are all central to this material research and fabrication investigation. B.O.L.T.S. places conflicting and extreme performance requirements on the design to be light-weight but strong, invisible to radar, disruptive to machine vision from drones, and zombie-proof. It will hide in plain sight.

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