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Polymorphic: Columbia Students Unveil a Transforming Kinetic Bench
Ten architecture students from Columbia University GSAPP recently completed Polymorphic, a bench inspired by the kinetic action of a see-saw and the reverberating motion of a slinky. Charlie Able, Alexis Burson, Ivy Chan, Jennifer Chang, Aaron Harris, Trevor Hollyn Taub, Brian Lee, Eliza Montgomery, Vernon Roether, and David Zhai created this double-sided bench which consists of a series of 119 unique and interconnected sections and is capable of transforming into a chaise lounge and an interactive balance board. The sections are connected via an inventive pivot and bolt system, which allows the vertical movement of one section to be picked up by others down the line. The piece was produced on a design budget of one thousand dollars, and the entire installation only used 18 sheets of plywood.
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