Living Architecture Exploration Kits
Component Catalogue & Introductory Assemblies
By Philip Beesley, Michael Lancaster & Living Architecture Systems Group
This folio describes a series of exploration kits that have been developed by the Living Architecture Systems Group. These exploration Kits encourage experimentation with interactive architectural constructions. The web-based software and the physical kit components that have been included within this set are part of an evolving collection of tools and component designs that have been developed by the Living Architecture Systems Group under Creative Commons licensing.
Included here are two kinds of elemental geometry kits titled Disk Hub and Star Hub for exploring non-electronic structures, and a series of integrated system kits that include electronics and active devices.
These kits include components of skeletal lightweight architecture scaffolds, devices and mounts, and control electronics, accompanied by behaviour software and virtual interfaces. The kits are designed to encourage combinations of individual components within multiple distributed arrays. The scaffolds support electronic devices and behaviour software, interface and simulations, which in turn provide opportunities for programming and engineering. The kits in this folio use a range of materials, from rudimentary materials such as corrugated cardboard and bamboo skewers, to engineered high-performance materials including acrylic and stainless steel.