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Patrick Hayes

David Rieck

Spencer Van Deusen

Jordan Weiss

During our project we aimed to explore the possibilities of sound reduction using a combination of form and material. The material we focused on exploring was collapsible honeycomb paper, made from recycled paper products, used in a variety of applications, ranging from packaging to creative conceptual furniture.

Hexacomb is a flexible movable, multi-use partition system used for sound absorption and reflection, room division, and pin-up space.

Recycled paper honeycomb will be used as a flexible connection between mdf supports and also act as a sound absorbing surface when fully expanded.

Thanks to the flexible nature of the partition, the hexacomb walls can be used for dividing spaces into multiple areas, absorbing sound to create a better suited environment for gallery space, for additional pin-up space.

Our model is a conceptual representation of the material we wanted to use for the hexacomb

model. A material with similar properties at a smaller scale was hard to track down, but we have successfully located a substitute, slitted recycled paper, to simulate the collapsible nature of the desired hexacomb material.

Jordan Weiss

The primary focus of our research project was to learn about the abilities and present documentation of practical uses and applications of the Autodesk BIM 360 Glue application. In our research and studies, we were most interested in understanding what exactly Autodesk Bim 360 Glue will be doing in the professional field. We mostly worked on the uses of Autodesks iPad extension in terms of the architectural and construction industries, but on a second tier of interest, we made it a point to learn about the possibilities of related content and other software programs in the Autodesk BIM 360 platform.

Autodesk BIM 360 is a system for advancing the uses and possibilities of inter-connectivity with digital building models in a multi-disciplinary environment. While the scope of our research originated with the very simple premise of Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, which is the capability to use an iPad to view pre-prepared schemes, with a low degree of interactive support, the overall possibilities of the BIM 360 suite seemed to have considerably more potential and interest. The whole point of BIM 360 is to utilize the extremely useful and time intensive building model to accomplish more than construction drawings. Using BIM 360 and selected associated software, an architecture or engineering firm could begin to better understand the building in a variety of ways. A 3D building model in Revit can be used to design plumbing systems, mechanical systems, electrical wiring planning, planning heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.

This same model can also integrate structural framing, bearing walls, foundations, and building pads. With these structural elements in place, Autodesk BIM 360’s structural analysis software can run stress point analysis to determine vulnerable areas, as well as material failure analysis to better understand which materials are best for the task. Through these beneficial structural analysis programs, users can facilitate more efficient design processes, as the ease of use and fluency of transferring models through various useful software programs, with less time spent on workflow, more time spent on building design, as well as producing more economic building designs. Through these cost savings, more resources can be spent on design, higher quality material, or additional programmatic functions.

Another valuable asset of using the autodesk 360 BIM suite is the ability to use a building model for the purpose of energy analysis. This software can analyse solar gains, heat losses based on material, thermal barriers of earth or man made construct,  heat-gain from electrical systems, all based on a variety of dynamic factors, such as time in the day, solar position, annual sun movement, or exterior temperature. Through these methods of solar analysis, designers can produce more energy efficient buildings with less time spent calculating exact solar paths. This expedition of the design process leaves more time and resources for better developing other areas of production.

Overall, the focus of this suite is to expedite building design as a whole, for a more streamlined process all around. The process of designing and engineering is so labor intensive that any advance in tools will benefit all.

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Presentation

Paul Conover, London Huenefeld, Jordan Weiss

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Poly Pops is a physical representation of the idea that any complex notion or assemblage can be constructed of simply geometries, creating something much greater than the sum of it’s parts. Using DIY design, the designer aimed to explore the possibilities of these structures through various custom molded parts.

The primary goal of the installation is to create a maximum amount of combinations with a minimum number of primitive parts, also creating an efficient means of production due to a small number of differing parts. An additional concern of the architect, Marc Fornes, was to limit the amount of time needed to produce a single construction to 30 minutes, while still having a large number of pieces.

One of the most appealing aspects of this project is the combination of assembly efficiency and an organic aesthetic. Once the initial shapes have been developed and produced, a large number of geometries quickly are within reach.

While this installation does not seem to be particularly suited to expanding it’s scale to structural purposes, it is an interesting statement on assemblage and the sum of parts.