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Abstract: ParaMAR communicates a design methodology approach which seeks to capture material behavior as an active form-generation tool in order to create continually active and environmentally reactive forms.  Using natural phenomena, such as gravity or flow patterns, is not a new method for form-finding in architecture, however these active form-finding methods always strive to result in a singular, static form.  These static and premeditated forms typically do not address their future evolution when placed in active environments and are often devoid of the intrinsic behavioral qualities of their materials.  What opportunities exist for an architecture that abandons firmness and predictability?  This project seeks to explore how implementing gradients of rigidity into a formless and elastic material can contribute to an architectural system which is in continual participation with its environment.

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