Previously in Project 1-1, you learned to create a single continuous surface from extending and manipulating lines and curves in Rhino. For Project 3, we will further explore methods for designing a surface, initially through some similar steps as Project 1-1, followed by the critical process of layering uniform modules, concluding in a brick facade.
Bricks are man-made building units that together create a versatile modular system for compressive construction. It has been instrumental in architecture and engineering since 7,500 BC in the form of naturally dried mud blocks. Fired bricks of many times the strength followed over 4,000 years later. The evolution of brick construction technology, such as brick arches and the reinforcement of steel members inside brick walls, influenced directly the advancement and transformation of design and building.
Its use in modern architecture is far beyond the pillars of bridges and walls of skyscrapers. Contemporary architecture explores the use of bricks not just as a material but a materiality, generating specific design qualities in 2D patterns, surfaces and 3D textures, gradients, and forms. The individual brick has never been more free. The relationship between part to whole has been explored more intensely through today’s technology, enabling algorithms to be translated directly into brick architecture. The result is architecture that prioritizes systematic behavior and performance over autonomous geometry and form.