The Math and magic of Origami by Robert Lang

February, 12 2013 08:00

Posted inArchitecture

How a California physicist becomes a professional origami master aiming to save lives. To discover how traditional art can bring all this together fallow this inspiring talk given on TED.






“The secret to productivity in so many fields — and in origami — is letting dead people do your work for you.”

Robert Lang

The inspiring research done by Robert Lang is led by this striking yet ordinary revelation.  By applying mathematics to the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, known as Origami, Lang shows us how to fold elegant modern origami once thought impossible, transforming an art form into an instrument  applicable in space exploration and medicine.

A two-foot-tall allosaurus skeleton,  the next largest of space-bound telescope lenses, and the tiniest life saver origami ever folded, are only a few of his unlimited creations. 

Each piece is folded out from a folding map generated by a software, developed by Lang himself, capable of manipulating thousands of mathematical calculations that as Lang says  “combine a creature with a square”.

Architecture and Design have had several examples of origami inspired projects before but the existence of software capable of transforming  anything, even the broadest imaginations could come up with, could have amazing potentials in our traditional everyday life which has seen incredible changes in the last decades regarding  the value of space and its relation with function.