ALivE Exhibition: Auxetic Surfaces

New collaborative work of the ALivE group and the Harvard SEAS Bertoldi group was featured at the 2015 Wyss Retreat in Boston. The experimental system featured 12 different elastic surfaces that are perforated such as to produce a controlled expansion and contraction when actuated through an external mechanism. The sheets are perforated based on scientific principles. Perforations scale and transform according to the irregular boundaries of each sheet. The elements are suspended and move slowly to produce a constantly changing texture overhead. The project is part of the long-term collaboration with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg’s Adaptive Materials Platform at the Wyss Institute.

ALivE Retreat 2015