Date: January 16 (Sat.)-February 28 (Sun.), 2010

"Architectural Origami"
TACHI Tomohiro

"Rigid Origami Approximating Negative Curvature Surface" 2009

"Origamizer" 2007

Creating various shapes and forms by folding a sheet of paper, origami is a form of art, culture, and play. In recent years, origami has come to be recognized not as a Japan-specific activity, but as a global art medium, and many artists around the globe are striving to create their artistic expression through origami. The art is also attracting attention as a new tool for engineering design, because of its unique properties, such as dynamic behavior fluctuating between two- and three-dimensions, the property of the continuity of one sheet of paper, and the quality of the shades and shadows and resulting spatial representation by folding the paper. In addition to introducing the theories of designing origami patterns for generating its adoptive environment, this exhibit aims to propose "Architectural Origami," which can materialize only when a design tool based on such theories is adopted. In Architectural Origami, the final form of a origami design can be determined as a result of multiple rounds of the process whereby a designer creates a tentative form by executing algorithms to arrive at origami patterns from given conditions of the relationships between humans and the environment, and then tries to find out a new meaning and relationship within. The exhibit demonstrates three theories of origami: "Origamizing 3D Surface," "Freeform Origami," and "Rigid Origami," as well as new origami patterns materialized by applying these theories.

TACHI Tomohiro
Born in 1982. Computational architect and origami engineer. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and currently pursuing a doctorate at the Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Special researcher of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He focuses on mathematical research of the discrete differential geometric expansion of origami, and on computational design methodologies for new presentation and technological applications of origami. His teapot made in a three-dimensional origami structure is included in the permanent collection at the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel. His software for designing three-dimensional origami works, developed as part of IPA Exploratory Software Project, is open to the public.(http://www.tsg.ne.jp/TT/)

* Origamizer, the software introduced in "Origamizing 3D Surface," is developed by TACHI Tomohiro as an Exploratory Software Project "Development of 3D Origami Design Tool" supported by IPA (Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan).