Light Modulation

Nick Richardson

Fall Semester 2008

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop the digital and physical groundwork necessary to provide design guidelines for the production of a screen used to modulate and regulate natural and artificial light. Phase one of this goal is to identify and analyze repetitive systems. A repetitive system can be understood as the repetition of a unit that when collectively organized provides or performs a synthesized function. There are three fundamental aspects to the definition: 1) an identifiable unit, 2) the relationship between thses units and 3) the performative outcomes of 1 and 2. Phase two is to use the research to design and produce 3D field conditions.

Light Screen




The concept of weaving provides a wide variety of typologies. It can vary in opacity, provide structure, and can theoretically be infinitely continuous. The designer Erwin Hauer provides a frame of reference modular systems utilizing minimal surface geometry. The rope weaving process provides a pattern which can become more or less opaque depending on the tightness. It also provides a surface of repetitive geometries becoming very modular.

The resulting digital model response illustrates weaving through the control of the undulating geometry of the pockets and oscillation of the pocket direction.