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

"Open (Re)source Furniture Ver. 1"
TANAKA Hiroya + IWAOKA Kotaro + HIRAMOTO Tomoki

With the now widespread use of personal computers, many individuals are engaged in the production of their own publications, music, and videos. The areas of such personal creation have now been expanded to include even the areas of furniture and architectural design. Now that relatively affordable three-dimensional printers are widely available in the market, it is possible for individuals to conduct the entire production process-from design to output, to assembly of finished goods-on their own. In light of such expanded areas of potential, this project aims to explore the expanded possibilities of computer-based design by incorporating the process of algorithmic production. You can witness the creation of a wide variety of spatial forms by freely combining the components in various shapes, which have automatically evolved from the basic form as the result of entering several randomly selected parameters. You can also observe a process to identify functions or useful purposes of the resulting designs, as if you were growing a plant.

Born in 1975. Graduate of Kyoto University with a degree from Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, completed Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies. Studied at Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo, and enrolled as a researcher at Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. Currently, he is an associate professor at Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, and a part-time researcher at International Media Research Foundation. Holds Doctor of Engineering degree from The University of Tokyo. Co-founded "tEnt," an environmental device development unit. Engaged in a wide range of activities from research theory to practical implementation, including tool development for dynamic and generative space design, notation development, device development, and system development. Major prizes received include the Honorary Mention of the Hybrid Art category, the Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Austria), as a member of tEnt.

Born in Tokyo in 1984. After graduating from the Department of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, he worked for an architectural design office. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University.

Born in Hyogo in 1987. A graduate of the Department of Urban Environment Systems, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, he is currently pursuing a master's degree from the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University.

Cooperation: Hiroya Tanaka Laboratory, Keio University SFC, International Media Research Foundation, Multi Cut Tonbo

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