Soft Jam
Design
2023
MIT Architecture
Geometric Explorations
Instructor: J. Jih
Cambridge, MA
As a coastal shape, the concrete tetrapod is associated with coastal rigidity and tensile strength which can withstand major natural occurrences. It becomes part of the landscape. 
By subverting the hard and soft, I found the action of jamming: miniature concrete tetrapods and sewn body-like ones. Scaling up and down allowed me to jam a series of materials, including paper, rubber, concrete, and sewn beanies. I quickly grew interested in the relationship of form, material and body, as the plushie itself became a corporeal object.

What happens when we aggregate these dense vs soft forms together? When we stack them? When one material imitates the other? When the rigid form is pressed into and mimics the body to create a new form of jamming?



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