Sunday, June 28, 2009

Research Through Making finds a site

We have been working on the Research Through Making Grant for about a month. Numerous models and scripts have been developed as a means of creating form from a series of laser-cut, sheet metal cone like elements. To get the project out of the workshop and into the world, we started looking into potential sites. We worked with the U of M Arboretum and Botanical Garden to identify sites that would satisfy their goals and ours. Below are the final images of the agreed-upon construction site. We hope to begin installation in about a month.

Entrance from the street

Entry to the Pavilion

Pavilion from landscape

Pavilion from the back side

Inside the pavilion

Process models

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Student Work - Interim Review

Here is some of the work from the initial stages of the final project from the options studio during the spring semester. The formal work using digital project was carried into the early design stages of developing a structral system and coming to terms with the site (New York Botanical Garden). As the projects developed, mock-ups were fabricated and analysis was carried out working with Prof. von Buelow.

Nick and Brian

Gavet and Adam

Les and Victoria

Katie and Kris

Lufei and Zhang

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cultivated Form - Studio Work

It has been a while since the last post. It took about a month to recover from the end of the term and to catch up on other outstanding issues. Below are images from the mid-review of last semester's studio. The assignment was to extend the parametric logics that were introduced through a series of short assignments and with this project to find a logic in botany and design a system or flower, playing out the researched rules. The pedagogic intent was to show / develop the links between explicit rules and the production of form.