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

Weaver software


ca. 2001-2004

Level of archival description:
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.


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