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Yuta Sugawara

MA work

Most industrial products today are combinations of different parts, multiple components or a variety of materials. Joining are the most fundamental and important amongst all of the other industrial and manufacturing processes.

'The Phenomenology of Joints' is an experimental design project to explore the possibility of joints. Joints are rather small parts in products, however, they are not only connecting things together - they actually define objects.

Then how can we control the behaviour of objects with joints? What if we can programme how objects will react to the surrounding environment?

Through the exploration of a variety of possibilities, I come to see a joint as a method in a programming language that takes multiple parameters, and realise that we can physically programme the behaviour of objects into joints. This project aims to redefine the relationship between objects and joints and to explore the potential of physical programming.

Info

  • The Phenomenology of Joints
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2013

  • Most industrial products today are combinations of different parts, multiple components or a variety of materials. Joining are the most fundamental and important amongst all of the other industrial and manufacturing processes.

    'The Phenomenology of Joints' is an experimental design project to explore the possibility of joints. Joints are rather small parts in products, however, they are not only connecting things together - they actually define objects.

    Then how can we control the behaviour of objects with joints? What if we can programme how objects will react to the surrounding environment?

    Through the exploration of a variety of possibilities, I come to see a joint as a method in a programming language that takes multiple parameters, and realise that we can physically programme the behaviour of objects into joints. This project aims to redefine the relationship between objects and joints and to explore the potential of physical programming.

  • Degrees

  • BA, Industrial Design, Musashino Art University; BA, Liberal Arts (Philosophy), International Christian University
  • Experience

  • Director, Landor Associates, 2005-2011