Neri Oxman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Cartesian Wax, from the Materialecology project 2007

  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

Architects are currently studying the possibility of creating dynamic buildings that adapt to changing environmental conditions and levels of occupancy. The surface of Cartesian Wax is thickened locally where it is structurally required to support itself, and modulates its transparency according to the light conditions, heat flux, and structural support needed. “The work is inspired by Descartes’s Cartesian Wax thesis,” explains Oxman, “which relates to the construction of self knowledge and the way it is informed by and reports on an individual’s experience of the physical world.”

Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008.
Medium
Rhinoceros and Generative Components software; ultra low viscosity urethane rubber, semi rigid polyurethane casting resin composite, and machinable wax
Dimensions
60 × 48 × 2" (152.4 × 121.9 × 5.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
448.2008.4
Copyright
© 2019 Neri Oxman
Department
Architecture and Design

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