Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This screen system is an aggregation of a modular unit based on the four foot by eight foot size of a standard sheet of plywood. In order to reach the full 10’-1” height of the faculty center, there is a 30”x48” stationary shelf put together with slab inserts to connect three sheets to create shelves and add structural integrity. The movable wall is placed on the stationary shelf on a track to allow a shift to create a barrier and allow access into the desk area. The movable wall is three sheets of plywood that is laminated together using wood glue and metal fixtures. The imposition of a rotated grid each sheet of plywood creates a system of apertures which can be both scaled and shifted to create variable sizes and densities of penetration in the screen to suit site and programmatic needs. The gridded apertures are cut out by a water jet cutter.
To meet the programmatic considerations for the faculty center wall installation, we diagrammed areas of acoustic density as well as sight paths. Based on the need for a physical barrier between the hallway and workstations in the faculty center, the plan location of the screen is fixed in the plane of the beam which runs parallel to the hallway. Runners are mounted in this plane on both floor and ceiling in order to be able to slide the screen so that it can function as a barrier while still allowing access. The acoustic and optical considerations are developed in elevation in conjunction with the sectional structural needs of the screen.
The elevation was developed into three integrated zones. Zero to three feet high accommodates an additional programmatic element in the form of shelving. Three to six feet high is the area of highest acoustic and sight line density based on the height of people both sitting and standing, and thus has the smallest and greatest density of apertures. At approximately six feet high to the ceiling, apertures are larger and less dense in order to allow more air and a lesser intensity of sound through the screen. In section, the shelving at the bottom is the thickest accumulation of plies in order to provide surface area for the shelving. The top section of the screen is also thicker than the middle in order to provide the necessary structural integrity at the points the screen is hung from.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Through an analysis of the light and sound conditions of the faculty center a wall surface was generated. This surface was then perforated with continuous parallel apertures of varying densities. While the form of the surface itself responds to mappings of the existing lighting and sound conditions, the variation of apertures respond to programmatic needs as well as the opportunities in blocking or allowing of views. Some of the possible functions of the wall are portfolio storage or bookshelves. Books can be arranged by the user in order to block unwanted views or create privacy.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The concept is to interrogate both the curtain wall and material to achieve new attitudes towards design intent. Horizontal bands of PTG plastic are fastened together and stacked vertically to create a pliant partition. The common notion of a hard curtain wall is contested two fold; primarily due to the softness of boundaries and secondly due to interaction/operability.
“...old materials are deployed to affect in new ways the old perceptions of space, precisely because of the expectations of how the familiar materials should behave.”
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
As interfaces for the digital realm become more and more sophisticated, the user gains ever greater control over the construction and crafting of the project. If you build a model by hand, but it resides in the digital realm, could it be considered "hand crafted"? These distinctions between hand and digital construction could perhaps become blurred through the use of digital interfaces like the Lumino shown here. Cubes filled with glass fibers that allow light through can be stacked and moved to control a tabletop computer. Current applications of the Lumino blocks include a construction kit, control knobs for tasks like photo editing and playing simple games like checkers.
A design successfully incorporating a sinusoidal curve: "At 5.2m high and 1.7m wide, the door is comprised of 40 sections of 254mm-thick Burma teak. Each section is carved so that the door integrates 160 pulleys, 80 ball bearings, a wire-rope and a counter weight hidden within the single pivot."
Having begun to explore Grasshopper and the design opportunities inherent in the program, this door (though it may or may not have been designed using Grasshopper) points to design options which might incorporate that affect of transformation by rule set. Rather than simply stop the design at a certain point on the slider within the digital realm, users can adjust the "slider" - whatever that may become, pulleys or otherwise - to fit their own circumstances or moods in the physical world.
Rita Baek is a designer with a background in jewelry design gave her the opportunity to work with a experimental approach to designing a lampshade that was delicate and respectful to the material. They were made with folding veneer laminated on canvas with a light filtering through the thin veneer.
The project discusses the part-to-whole relationship that is generated with branched structures formed with interacting lung endothelial cells within a 3D matrix environment. The time lapses manifest into five vertical, interconnected layers made from over 75,000 cable zip ties.
Jorge Ayala did a one-year research in the Pearl River Delta in the South of China, proposing a digitally fabricated city. The exploration index suggests existing tissues of topography, spatial orientation, rain flows, extreme flood scenarios, wind, soil condition, and residual spaces on site.
Monday, December 7, 2009
A prototype of a flexible wall that 'breathed' like the gills of a fish in response to changing information, demonstrating the potential of architecture to adapt to shifting conditions and to alert humans about them.