Functional Aesthetics

Functional Aesthetics has three main concerns­–namely aesthetics, materials and kinetics–that are intricately interconnected with the artistic intention and the realities of production. Aesthetics are derived from procedural or algorithmic structures and geometries that influence sculptural or architectural elements. The study of materials includes smart materials, intelligence in material structures, material programming, and considers the tactile, visual, and functional qualities of the materials and composites. Kinetics involves the mechanical, engineering, and computational elements that actuate and animate the aesthetic and material elements. The results of this three-fold approach have a high innovation potential as the discipline draws on the very latest in material science, computing, and fabrication technology.