The students experimented with NiTi shape memory alloys such as springs, memory wire and muscle wire. Theirs tools include conductive threads, power supply, batteries and sewing machines. Apart from the physical prototypes, focused on wearable applications, the students simulated digitally the fabric behavior, using algorithmic design software. For more  technical information have a look at  the pdf presentation and the  paper of the workshop.


The “Shape Changing Materials” workshop brings together smart materials with computational design and digital fabrication in context to garments or wearables.
This 3-day workshop explores the possibilities of interactive wearable projects and finding alternative ways to use smart materials. The participants will experiment with responsive shape-shifting materials with 3D modeling and computation-based approaches using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.
Along with hands-on prototyping, codes will be provided for participants and workshop guests to generate a digitally simulated materials. The final outcome will be prototypes of shape changing materials to discover garment behavior. Participants will use user-centered methods to contextualize the use cases of an interactive garment solution.


shape memory materials
interactive wearables
intro to rhino
intro to grasshopper
advanced grasshopper



Day 1 / friday 12:00 – 16:00
Introduction to smart materials and applications. Experimentation with shape memory materials and prototyping of flexible geometries. Concept development of the adjustable garment.

Day 2 / saturday 12:00 – 16:00
Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper. Test prototyping and digital simulations of the adjustable system.

Day 3 / sunday 12:00 – 16:00
Finalization of the design and fabrication. Documentation of user-centered idea, process, material behavior, and wearable application.


The workshop is open to all participants, no previous knowledge of Rhinoceros, Grasshopper is required (but useful to have basic knowledge of these software programs). Participants must bring their own laptop with a pre-installed Rhino (No additional cost for the participant &  can be downloaded as evaluation version, with Grasshopper plugins). Knowledge or skills in garment fabrication are not required but welcome.


SHAPE CHANGING MATERIALS | Finding creative garment applications  


8-10  of April  2016


Parsons School of Design
6E 16th street, NY, 10003




Alex Tosti


Efilena Baseta
Efilena is an architect engineer, studied in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), with a Master degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Having developed several interactive projects, her current interest lies in exploring material properties in order to create real time responsive architectural structures.


Grace Jun
Grace Jun is researcher and designer at Parsons School of Design. Since working in the mobile IT industry, Grace is focused on user centered design and garment construction with electronics. She is Educational Director of MIT-based OpenStyleLab and founder of Wearshops.

Jaskirat Randhawa
Jaskirat is a polymath designer. His work focuses on the forefront of emerging technologies in interaction design. He is currently researching material technologies and physical interfaces at Parsons School of Design, NY. Jaskirat is interested in sharing meaningful technologies and experiences that open up discussion for creative endeavors amongst makers.


The workshop is going to take place in Parsons – The New School of Design which is located in Union Square New York, USA. The course is part of Parson’s MFA Design & Technology Program, which explores the social and cultural dimensions of technological change. MFA DT is known for its cross-disciplinary collaborations with other studies across Parsons campus, external partnerships and connections with the campus in Paris.


Attie Chan
Autumn Kietponglert
Boris Yu
Fulya Turkmenoglu
Harmony Pilobello
Ivor Ip
Jordan Frand
Mia Baldonado

Pablo Criado-Pérez
Ran Tian
Renata Gaui
Savani Mirashi
Suma Balaram
Savani Mirashi
Terricka Johnson
Xiang Liu


In order to register  follow the next link:

For further details please contact:
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