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Weaver software

Weaver software

Part of

People

  • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
  • Simon Greenwold (software developer)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Emergent Design Group (educational institution)
  • Peter Testa (architect)
  • Devyn Weiser (architect)

Title

Weaver software

Dates of creation

ca. 2001-2004

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 64 digital files (28 MB)

Scope and Content

This series contains records relating to Weaver, a software script developed by the Emergent Design Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and written in Maya Embedded Language (MEL) for Alias|Wavefront Maya. Weaver algorithmically generates woven strands and applies these strands to a surface within a 3D design model. The resulting weaves “can be complex, and depend on both the description of the weaver pattern and the topology of any user-defined surface or scaffolding in Maya on which Weaver is applied.”[1] The records in this series date from approximately 2001-2004 and include the script in Maya Executable Language (MEL) and standalone executable formats, annotated source code, tutorials, and file outputs such as images and Maya 3D models.

Sources:

[1] Testa, Peter and Devyn Weiser. “Material Agency,” in Network Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press (2007): 128.

Reference Number

AP174.S2

Arrangement

This series is organized into three file-level groups assembled by firm principal Devyn Weiser in 2014. The material in this series is not arranged in any particular order.

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S2.001
    • Title: Emergent Design Group Weaver tests in Maya
    • Dates of creation: 2001
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains Maya files resulting from early experiments by the Emergent Design Group to design a tower using the Weaver software. Original directory name: "weaver Maya original". Most common file formats: Maya Binary File Format, Unidentified, DS_store file (MAC)

    Quantity / Object type:

    16 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 16 digital files (13 MB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S2.002
    • Title: Weaver Maya Embedded Language (MEL) script, annotated source code, and tutorial
    • Dates of creation: 2001-2004
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains two Weaver MEL scripts written in 2001 for use in Alias|Wavefront Maya, annotated source code last revised in 2004, and a tutorial that explains their use. Notably, the tutorial also contains instructions for how to export woven structures from Maya into Rhinoceros and other software platforms. Original directory name: "weaver Maya script & tutorial". Most common file formats: Microsoft Word Document, Acrobat PDF 1.4 - Portable Document Format, Plain Text File

    Quantity / Object type:

    7 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 digital files (2 MB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S2.003
    • Title: Weaver Live software and images
    • Dates of creation: ca. 2004
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains a Windows executable version of Weaver and configuration files for the executable, as well as 32 images of outputs from the program. Original directory name: "weaver Live". Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Plain Text File, Windows Portable Executable, Batch file (executable), Raw Bitmap

    Quantity / Object type:

    41 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 41 digital files (13 MB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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