Dew Point
ProjectSelf-initiated research project exploring customized retardants
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
DateDesign/ constructed 2010
CollaboratorsSchuylkill River Development Corporation

Dew Point, following the spirit of the Not Gardens, explores the potential for material retardants to render surface patterns. Pattern is an effective means for making environmental factors legible. Digital media and fabrication technologies enable innovative means for controlling the relationship between organic and inorganic materials, or between fixed material and temporal phenomena. In this case, we precisely applied moisture retardant to concrete. This technique produces an ephemeral pattern only visible during moments of precipitation. By temporarily changing the surface's appearance, this technique offers an environmentally responsive expression.


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