Press Play: V
We’ve just finished the fifth edition of the ‘Press Play’ workshop series – once again at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. It’s always a pleasure teaching hard working students, alongside hard working staff. The participants are M.Arch and M.Sc students, who did exceptional efforts for two weeks to deliver six brilliant projects. To change a bit from the previous workshops, each project is titled by just one letter, which reflects either the project’s geometry or narrative.
Adi Meyer, Keisuke Akiyama, Sirou (Zero) Peng, Sherif Tarabishy, Mingyang (Andy) Han
‘K’ is a project which addresses social-exclusion in the context of hyper-connectedness and social media. It speculates on the wearable technologies of the near future, from an Orwellian perspective. The wearable helmet has a distance sensing module which allows intimate conversations for only a brief period of time.
Anirudhan Iyengar, Hesham Hattab, Liang Yixiao, Chartini Skaltsari, Tina Zeng, Lian Xu
‘B’ is inspired by the theoretical work of Valentino Braitenberg and the ‘tortoises’ of Grey Walter. It is a light-seeking vehicle, with on-board USRF modules for obstacle avoidance. The playful design reminds us of the Tweenbots by Kacie Kinzer.
Shuhong (Nakia) Hao, Liquan (Leo) Liu, Jiasheng (Jessien) Huang, Yingchao (Cici) Li, Anastasia Katikaridi, Fatemeh Firouzabadi
‘U’ is a multi-player game inspired by Harry Beck’s schematic for the London Underground. The game is composed of a number of ‘circuits’ which light up when a hand is rapidly moved at the start position. From a technical perspective, the students made good use of the I2C protocol on the arduino platform – allowing for a network which can be easily scaled.
Xiaoxu (Amber) Sun, Wenjie (Joyce) Wu, Luca Giacolini, Silvia Ruada, Zigeng (Scott) Fang
‘O’ is a partially physical and partially digital machine, inspired by the wonderful designs of Rube Goldberg. The machine makes good use of the arduino – to – processing interface and the students developed code for optimising the data transfer between the two softwares.
Ioulia Marouda, Junxi (Derek) Preng, Qianhui (Lotus) Feng, Ching-Ju (Jeanne) Lee, Parul Jian
‘W’ is a shadow-puppetry project inspired by the Heider-Simmel demonstration. It develops a narrative using primitive geometries as ‘characters’. These characters are driven by two servos from a grasshopper sketch. The students developed code to optimise transfer of information between the two softwares.
Sini (Nana) Bian, Xue (Lyn) Chen, Samerah Mohamand, Martin Stacey, Xinwei Zhuang, Ishay Rosenthal
‘L’ is a compound pendulum driven by two motors. The project combines the erratic movement of compound pendulums, with high-fidelity control of stepper motors.
I would sincerely like to thank all the participants for their enthusiasm and hard work and my colleagues, without whom this workshop wouldn’t have taken place. A big thanks to our critics for their advice and to B-Made for providing their facilities for fabrication.
Until next time.
Tutors: William Bondin, Francois Mangion, Chris Leung, William Victor Camilleri
Support: Asha Di, Ava Aghakouchak, Maria Paneta