Jun 19, 2012

Intersections between architecture and textiles

Visit to The Swedish School of Textiles, September 24-28, 2012
Felecia Davis
PhD student

Felecia Davis is a PhD candidate in the Design and Computation Group at MIT. She has been trained as an architect and engineer and has been exploring intersections between architecture and textiles to design soft buildings that use the pliability of fabrics. Tents and, more recently, pneumatic structures where the fabric is held in tension have a tradition and history within the realm of providing human shelter and creating space. However, less common are strategies that could use textiles not only in tension but also in compression depending on what state is called for at any particular time. In addition to these structural considerations, textiles offer the potential to not only construct at the level of the fabric itself, one can also develop the stitch or structure and the blend of material in the fibers that expand and reshape how we conceive of buildings and ways of living.

Felecia Davis
PhD Candidate

Design and Computation
School of Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology