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Honeycomb Partition update

My team has been working on the construction of our wall and how to connect the individual honeycombs. We chose laser cutting as our method of cutting the pieces , laying out an exploded 2d template for each hexagon. Then we folded each and glued the hexagon on the end of the form.The pieces fit together side by side and on top of each other to form the wall, some hexagons leave apertures and others close for pin-up space and acoustics.

Portion of assembled wall

Not much modification was needed in order to construct our conceptual wall.

Individual Research post-BIM 360 Glue

BIM 360 Glue is a service that allows for easier, quicker, and more efficient communication across multiple disciplines in the architecture, construction, and engineering-related fields. The aspect I found most intriguing and decided to research was the mobile app and its uses in the workplace and classroom. It can currently be used on the iPad 2 and 3, and not on the Android operating system in terms of the mobile application.

The user interface of the application is comparable in style to most Autodesk products and is interactive via touch screen. You are able to easily take measurements on the job site and view component details that are up-to-date with everyone working on the project instantaneously.

Demo showing the interface of the BIM Glue mobile app:

There is a central admin assigned when a company decides to purchase the product. An email will be sent allowing other users to join. This may include the architect, owner, contractor, engineer, etc. Live updates between all users make reviews and markups instantaneous as well as clashes within the model. For example, if a pipe is interfering with a wall, a notification can be sent. Users are able to add comments and tag problem areas directly on the model for fast and clear identification and resolution.

Some of the same features are available on the app as with Revit including hiding and revealing elements, measuring, navigating saved views, and viewing object properties to name a few. There is also a walk-through feature that allows you to hold the iPad up in space, pivot it up, down, left, and right and walk through the model.

With the addition of the Cloud by Autodesk, transferring models is faster than ever. There is no need to spend hours at the desk; the Cloud can be accessed through basic wireless Internet.

The benefits of the app can be seen in a project by SERA Architects. The design was for Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, a complete modernization of the high rise building in Portland. This involved communication across multiple disciplines including contractors, architects, sub-contractors, and consultants. BIM specialist Crawford Smith with SERA Architects states, “Compared to a traditional project of this scope, we saved an estimated $940K in design costs—even with the increase in manpower needed to meet the accelerated schedule.” and  “Without the collaborative features of BIM, I cannot imagine how we would have met our design goals and our funding deadline. Autodesk BIM solutions helped us spend less time producing documents and more time on design exploration.” It is reported that the project was completed 30 percent faster and a 295 percent return on investment.

I found that there is currently no student edition or trial version of the program, unfortunately, but a demo is available with basic models. It is mainly a professional product at this time at a relatively high cost.

Schematic-Rush, Riordan, Huenefeld

We are designing a curvilinear partition which undulates in accordance to the acoustic needs of the space. Panels of acoustic cork will be attached to an underlying structure and the hexagonal-shaped panels will transform in size along the wall allowing openings and transparencies.

PA2 Concept

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The South Pond Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo by Studio Gang Architects is an installation in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo near a hundred year old pond. As part of a revival project including education and land rehabilitation and improvements to the area, the Pavilion enhances and creates space using a simple, organic form repeated and arched within the park. It performs as a work of art as well as shelter for classrooms. Its form is an example of biomimicry taken from the tortoise shell, which further adds to its incorporation into the site. “Inspired by the tortoise shell, its laminated structure consists of prefabricated, bent-wood members and a series of interconnected fiberglass pods that give global curvature to the surface.”

The use of repetition, simplicity, and site consideration can be an inspiration in many projects. The work forms its own partitions and goes further to create a multifunctional space with a level of transparency and privacy. These strategies could be implemented into the partition design.