luminous limacon


I came across this project from Andrew Saunders, a Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, that was a winner in a 2011 design competition organized by  Cool example parametric design; nice presentation board; and considering that I now live in Amsterdam, of course I like the allusion to the frilly Dutch collars of the famous paintings.  To quote:

Lighting: LUMINESCENT LIMACON is a folded lighting design by Andrew Saunders, an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in . The Luminescent Limacon is inspired partly from the Dutch Ruff, or flamboyant linen collars considered fashionable in 17th century Europe, as a vehicle for the manipulation of light. The light is the product of an integral design process that combines computation, mathematics, material performance and fabrication. To achieve both the lighting affects and the geometric configuration, the light is composed of 3form Ecoresin. When folded and nested, the ecoresin ruffles are laced together with an associative woven lattice of aircraft suspension cable, which, when combined produce a combination of tensile and compressive forces for rigid structural stability.