INVENTION AND FUN: “ALL OF THEM CONNECT!”
Creating new and new patterns with the New York-based Lalvani Studio’s PENTILES is a mindblowing and meditative experience in the same time. PENTILES are based on the number 5 and all tiles have angles related to the pentagon (5-gon) and decagon (10-gon). All tiles fit with each other in repeating and non-repeating manner, some tile by themselves, others require pairs or more shapes to tile the surface.
PENTILES WORKSHOPS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
In 2019, Lalvani Studio (USA) started a collaboration with Experience Workshop International STEAM Network to introduce PENTILES to children, educators and mathematical art enthusiasts all over the globe. Experience Workshop’s first PENTILES events were already taking place in several locations, including New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Helsinki, Vienna, Athens and many more… Everywhere received with joy and enthusiasm.
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PENTILES INVENTOR: PROFESSOR HARESH LALVANI
PROFESSOR HARESH LALVANI IS A NEW YORK-BASED ARTIST, DESIGNER, SCHOLAR AND DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR EXPERIMENTAL STRUCTURES, AT PRATT INSTITUTE.
PENTILES were invented by Haresh Lalvani between 1981 and 1991 and were subject of four patents and appeared in part in several publications. Applications to products – carpet tiles, puzzles and textiles – followed in the 90’s. However, efforts to introduce them as children’s play blocks were yet to wait…
PENTILES were publicly introduced as a play-kit on Family Day at the Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria during the Symmetry Festival 2016. That event marked the beginning of a collaboration between Lalvani Studio and Experience Workshop International STEAM Network.
Haresh Lalvani is an internationally recognized architect-morphologist, artist-inventor and design scientist. He is a tenured Professor of Architecture, co-Founder (with Bill Katavolos) and Director of the Center for Experimental Structures, at Pratt Institute.
Dr. Lalvani received the Pioneers Award from the Space Structures Research Center, University of Surrey, U.K. for “distinguished contribution to the field of space structures”; the Cosmic Fishing Award by Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) for “lifetime merit in the field of design science”; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), India, for “exemplary contributions to the domains of science and technology, industry, academia and society”.
He worked at NASA Langley Research Center, Computer Graphics Laboratory (NYIT), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (Mumbai), and was an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York. He has collaborated across different fields (computer science, engineering, dance, physics and telebiometrics) and is a recipient of grants from NASA, NEA, NYSTAR, Graham Foundation and other agencies.
Dr. Lalvani’s ‘Morphological Universe’ was recently published as a compilation of four decades of work as a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Symmetry:Culture and Science (2018). He is the author of two self-published books, Transpolyhedra in 1977 and Structures on Hyper Structures in 1982. The latter is based on the doctoral work in architecture, supervised by Richard Buckminster Fuller at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the inventor of the AlgoRhythms and Xurf lines of products developed in a long-term collaboration with Milgo-Bufkin, a leading architectural metal fabricator in New York.
Lalvani was an invited speaker at TED2004 in Monterey, California, and at TedX Brooklyn in 2010.
Lalvani’s AlgoRhythms Columns are in the permanent design collection in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and his sculptures are installed in public places in New York.