universal play machine by mobile studio architects wins BEAM camp 2016 universal play machine by mobile studio architects wins BEAM camp 2016
oct 19, 2016

universal play machine by mobile studio architects wins BEAM camp 2016

 

UK-based mobile studio architects reveal their latest proposal called universal play machine— a bespoke and adaptable kinetic sculpture. this device is used to learn not only the process of its creation, but also how it can be interacted with when completed. ‘as far as we know, these are the world’s largest mechanical flipbooks ever made!’, explain the designers.

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universal play machine lit during evening
(above and main) image © emily wilson

 

 

the universal play machine by mobile studio architects is actually the winning entry for the BEAM camp summer 2016 –founded in the US for youth and professionals. this program allows campers to collaborate and create while learning skills in welding, physical computing, carpentry, ceramics, textiles, video, programming and design. essentially an oversized flipbook, the system magnifies the ‘split-flap display’ technology first used in airports and train-stations across the world.

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representing avian species , inspired by the forest landscape
image © emily wilson

 

 

exaggerating the analogue nature of the technology, universal play machine has the capacity to rotate through a sequence of images –created and powered by campers. with more than 500 still images traced, and colors painstakingly applied by hand, the campers brought to life five animations of avian behavior — inspired by the charming forest setting of the BEAM camp.

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rotating the device reveals a series of colorful images
image © emily wilson

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
display of the universal play machine within the forest creates an ambient setting
image © emily wilson

 

 

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
image © emily wilson

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
the device scales up the ‘split-flap display’ technology
image © emily wilson

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
exploded fabrication diagram by mobile studio architects

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
image © emily wilson

universal play machine mobile studio architects BEAM designboom
process: fabrication by BEAM campers (ages 10 – 17)

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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