ECHINOIDEA

2017 

COMPUTATION | WEARABLE PROTOTYPING

“Echinoidea” is a conceptual and speculative design project exploring post-anthropogenic body architectures, informed by the movable spines morphologies present in marine creatures such as sea urchins. Their seemingly rigid musculoskeletal anatomy is in fact highly responsive to its surrounding environment as they use their adhesive tube feet in collaboration with their spines to move along. 

The series of computational wearable prototypes uses procedural design techniques through tessellation and assembling strategies to create interlocking patterns that are adaptive to the body. Their structurally interwoven characteristics are then translated into fashion visualisations showing how such morphologies could protrude from the flesh of the body and act as a protective shield against extreme hazardous and environmental conditions.