The project attempts to challenge the idea of personal space in relationship to the human body and its surrounding environment. It is inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s practice of Dymaxion Sleeping, which involves four 30-minute naps over a period of 24 hours, and explores the material requirements for such conditions. Architecturally, the very close relationship between the human body and the suit acts as the generator of form as well as tool to negotiate between the occupant and his or her surroundings. The structure of the material, a structural pleat, is used as a means to create feelings of connected and disconnectedness, provide varying levels of support where the user needs it the most, and allow constant airflow between the inside and outside of the suit. By thinking of the cut pattern as sections of the body, the suit can act as a semi-permeable, transportable and adjustable coccoon.
The diagram maps the differences in daily routines between regular sleeepers and dymaxion sleepers over 36 hours. Other than the increased working and reduced sleeping hours, the main difference in the sleep patterns of the dymaxion sleeper is the sleeping ritual. By analyzing my own ritual, I determined getting ready for bed takes 23 minutes. When my sleeping rituals are used with on the dymaxion sleeper’s schedule, nearly seven hours of the thirty-six hour cycle would be spent on the sleeping and waking rituals.
The primary material of the suit are strips of EVA foam, which is also used in padding and shock absorption in sports equipment. The material pattern takes its inspiration from a pleat. Made from a single sheet of material, the connection points and thickness of the material can change to provide varying levels of supports and permeability.
In order to determine where structure is needed, both out of necessity and desire, four of the most likely sleeping positions were chosen to map pressure points on the body. The positions included face up, face down, sideways and head down sitting at the desk. The body was positioned and tested in each one of the positions without any cushioning. While in the position, the person observed and recorded areas they felt uncomfortable and places where they would like to feel more support. The final diagram layers this information and generates a composite map of the body identifying the degrees to which each type of support is needed, which in conjunction with the study models, creates a scale for the thickness of the EVA in the suit.
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