Novel Architecture is a project created at the High-Low Tech research group at MIT by students Jie Qi and Adrian Melia. It appears to be a continuation of an exploration in paper computing combined with pop ups that began with the Electronic Popables project.
One of the biggest challenges with working on such a large scale was the resistance of the conductive fabrics used to build the circuit. At such large distances between components, the resistance of the fabric became an issue. By placing copper tape in select areas underneath the fabric, she was able to add conductivity to the existing traces.
Jie also plans to create a small scale version of the project to demonstrate the mechanisms and “emphasize the effect that simply changing scale can have on an object.” Instructions will be published on the techniques used to build the project, in order for others to explore this unique craft.