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Piel Vivo

Category: Bioplastics
By: Noor El-Gewely, Christopher Wong, & Lili Tayefi
Advisor: Areti Markopoulou
Assistant: Alexandre Dubor, Angelos Chronis
Space Dynamics Workshop:  Manuel Kretzer
Material Science Support: Athanassia Athanasiou / Ilker Bayer, IIT Istituto Italiano Di Technologia
Computational Support:  Rodrigo Aguirre
Robotic Fabrication Support: Djordje Stanojevic
Additive Manufacturing Support: Sofoklis Giannakopoulous
Physical Computing Support: Angel Muñoz

Is programming material intelligence using food waste deposition to trigger automatic three- dimensional formation of material that is printed using six-axis robotic extrusion the future of food waste? In this system, gelatin-based bioplastic is supplemented with granular organic matter from food waste in conjunction with a split frame system that enables the self-formation of three-dimensional geometries by directing the force of the material’s uniform contraction as it dries. By adjusting the food waste added to the bioplastic, its properties can be tuned according to formal and performative needs; here, dehydrated granulated orange peel and dehydrated spent espresso-ground coffee are used both to impart their inherent characteristics and also to influence the degree of curvature of the resulting surfaces and columnar structures.

Piel Vivo is a project developed at IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

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