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Light and Shadow play: the sun as an aesthetic trigger for urban textiles
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles. (Smart Textiles)
2011 (English)Other (Other academic)Mixed material
Abstract [en]

The project investigates how the sun can be utilized to enhance aesthetics through textile surfaces in urban environments. The project explores the interplay of textiles as a sun-screening element within the outdoor public architectural space. What happens when we use the sun's heat and light to trigger a light and shadow play through a textile surface? What happens when designing with an unpre-dictable parameter – the sun – in relation to the predictability of the textile design processes? The exhibited objects; an interactive 3D model, two animation films and six storyboards, will summaries the research process and results. The interactive model is open for the audience to interact with via their own observations and explorations

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ambience 2011, Borås, Sweden , 2011.
Keyword [en]
light and shadow play, pattern composition, sun screening, urban textiles, smart textiles, thermochromic dye, solar technology, smart textiles, Smart Textiles Design
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Materials Engineering
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5339Local ID: 2320/10072OAI: diva2:884767


Thanks to:

Prof. Lars Hallnäs, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden

Prof. Robert Christie, School of Textile and Design, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Sarah Taylor, textile designer, UK

Ann Hardie, School of Textile and Design, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Katja Bülow and the Daylight Laboratory at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Danmark

Henrik Bengtsson, photographer, Imaginara, Sweden

Pierre Ledendal, photographer and film production, Film & Bildstudion, Sweden


Smart-Textile Initiative

Estrid-Ericsons Stiftelse

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