SKIN is the name for the 2013 competition for the TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance where 68 entries from across the globe entered. 3xLP by Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia take home the prize after being judged by a jury consisting of notables such as Phil Anzalone, Maria Mingallon, Gregg Pasquarelli, Randy Stratman, Skylar Tibbits, James Carpenter, Neil Denari, Mic Patterson, and William Zahner.

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It is awarded further funding for development and prototyping after many jurors praised it for how precise and well thought out it was. Mic Patterson states, “What’s been done so far is substantially thought out. It is well propositioned to be taken to the next step.”

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From the architect: Design schemes are attempting to utilize un-backed, unframed (self-supported), thin-gauge rigidized stainless steel within vertical, free-standing architectural screens. These systems are mono-material, consisting entirely of stainless steel (including the hardware) and consider this to be critical to the clarity of the research and necessary to accurately analyze material behavior.

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Through texturing and purposefully aggressive folded geometries, loads are transferred through seemingly paper-thin surfaces, a unique approach to using sheet materials vertically and without the assistance of linear frameworks.

 By Lyly Huyen

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