Design, prototypes, and related documentation
Part of:
  • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)

Design, prototypes, and related documentation


1996 - 2012

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • approximately 2,200 digital files (8.1 GB)
    3 folders of textual documents (.1 l.m.)
    1 Hyposurface wall module
    44 prototype pieces
Scope and content:
Series 1, Design, prototypes, and related documentation, 1996 - 2006, documents the conceptualization, design, and testing of the HypoSurface project. This includes approximately 2,200 digital design files, a three-square metre Hyposurface wall module, 44 prototype pieces, and a small amount of textual documentation.

The digital files in this series contain the bulk of the documentation on the conceptualization and design of the Hyposurface project. Much of this material is richly visual, including still and video concept renderings; images, animations, and drawings of related projects like HypoStage, HypoFloor, HypoFlex, and HypoVoxel; and drawings for prototype “squids” (actuators with rubber covering). The digital files also include material that is more textual in nature, particularly the administrative files for the project, a technical dossier, as well as patent documentation (relating to the physical textual documentation).Notably, the digital materials also include interactive software, called the Aegis Simulator, which allows the user to interact with a rendering of the HypoSurface wall, mimicking the wall’s real-life behavior.

Digital formats in this series reflect the range of CAD, still image, and textual documentation present. Notably, there are a significant number of CAD formats present, including AutoCAD, 3DM, DIFF, and IGES formats, consisting of almost 400 total files.

The physical component of this series contains a functional three-square metre HypoSurface wall module, as well as 44 other assorted prototype pieces. The prototypes include eight surface pieces in both metal and rubber, two sample actuators, and thirty-four smaller, miscellaneous pieces.
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This series is arranged in rough chronological order.

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