Project 6: Aggregation & Modularity

November 5, 2012

Introduction

All buildings are made of discrete parts. Basic construction materials such as brick and stone are considered fundamental ‘building blocks’ which directly influence the overall form of a building. Louis Kahn, once coined a famous quote, ““What do you want, Brick?” And Brick says to you, “I like an arch,”” implying a direct relationship between the smallest unit of construction and the global geometry it can produce. Consequently, varying the building blocks and the method of construction can directly inform the overall form of the building.

Each group of 3-4 students is required to build a ‘screen’ made of aggregates of smaller modules of varying geometric dimensions.

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Objectives

  1. To understand the relationship between parts and the ‘whole’ – the behavior of parts relative to the global assembly.
  2. To develop rule-based systems for designing a human scale structure.
  3. To develop an understanding of a physical and visual boundary at human scale.
  4. To develop systematic methods of batch fabrication.
  5. To understand the constraints of ‘gravity’ and material.

Constraints

  1. The module must be made of one homogenous material. Any type of paper or paper composite is allowed (e.g. corrugated cardboard, vellum, chipboard, charn-oye).
  2. Connections between modules can be made with a secondary material.
  3. The screen must have a gradient of opacity.
  4. The screen must be at least 2m. high and 2m. long.
  5. The screen must be made of aggregates of individual modules.
  6. Within each module, there must be at least one geometric variation, e.g. angle, length, thickness.
  7. The screen must be self-supporting. No other additional supports/attachments are allowed.

Materials

Any type of paper or paper composite, e.g. corrugated cardboard, vellum, or chipboard.