5. Folding

A much more familiar process of developing two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional forms is that of folding. In addition to articulating flat sheet materials into formal propositions, folding has rich potential for defining structural geometry. Through folding, the self-supporting effective span and rigidity of sheet materials may increase substantially, offering further design developments. In comparison to contouring, folding is very economical in material terms. Already an engaging method of exploring design ideas at various scales, digital fabrication has afforded even further experimentation with this material operation. Perhaps the most immediate characteristic of folding is the continuity of space, surface and form it ...

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