Active Patterns

Active Patterns is a study in the use of shape memory polymers as a responsive facade material. The temperature at which the material is determined by us in the lab by altering the ratio of its chemical makeup. The overall “behavior” is thus programmed through the geometry of the pattern cut/scored into the polymer. Future work will focus on quantifying the geometric relationship to the overall movement of the system.

The material used in Active Pattern is produced via Project BlackBox.


  1. Robofold – production process
  2. Responsive Polymer Research
  3. Animated Control: the gardenbot

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