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Niehoff Partition Updates

Michael Haddy, Corey Thomas, John Mitros

Per Tuesday’s discussion with Frank, we devised a scheme where we could break our original 7.6 x 16 wall into 2 x 7.6′ x 8′ modules that can roll around. We also added sides based on the same attractor point scheme to “hug the tube structure.

Our newest definition includes panel labeling, our tube structure, and our original attractor based morphing.

To get a smooth transition between openings in each panel, we decided to do a scheme where attractor points controlled the morphosis between the most extreme types of panels.

After talking with Ming last week about utilizing Maya to morph between two types of panels, we wanted to try it in grasshopper. So we figured out if you loft between the two most extreme types of panels and take infinite contour between the two shapes(below), we can get every iteration of form between them. We then applied a similar concept with grasshopper paneling tools using attractor points to control the morphing.

How are we going to tension this fabric wall? Take a look below for a preview. The spring tensioning system we came up with has some similarities to one that I experimented with in undergraduate while doing a study on architectural mesh. STAY TUNED FOR SOME DETAILS! Also Mock-ups for tuesday!

P2 Visualization Rendering

M. Haddy, Corey Thomas, John Mitros. —Stay tuned for our final poster in couple hours!

Hey guys. It’s a bit late, but heres what we had developed last week for the rendering portion of our project. SInce the schematic we did some soul searching and had totally changed the concept. So heres’s our new project brief :

This proposed wall for the Niehoff studio space has three functions. On the side of the assembly space, It consists of a membrane composed of laser cut fabric panels that morphs from a permeable surface into a solid pinup space. On the studio side, the wall consists of stacked cardboard tubes that follow the contour of the membrane and serve as valuable drawing storage. Joining these two components create a beautiful effect as well as well as provide sound absorption for the assembly space.

Problems: We utilized a box morph script to panel the wall in sections, but we’d like to plug in a script to make a smoother transition between the more open panels and the solid- pin-up space panels. Is there an attractor line type script that can do this?

Preliminary Concepts and Precedents

Michael Haddy, John Mitros, Corey Thomas

We came up with a number of concepts to get the ball rolling. What we basically agreed on is a system that starts as a partition system and transitions into pinup/shelf/seating elements at the ground level and then transitions up into sound dampening “clouds”. We experimented with a rib- based system that has sound dampening integrated in the spaces between. We utilized t-splines to create the profiles of the surface and extruded it into ribs. We can control spacing with grasshopper. These ideas have been derived from current studio work-Now are are thinking about doing a more modular system with integrated pinup space, and plants, ect. -More sketch ideas/ schematics for thursday!

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Hey guys, I found an interesting example of a student project from the University of Sydney that I think we can all use as a precedent for what we’re trying to achieve in this class.

The project is located on the second floor apartment terrace-  basically a canopy utilized as a means of protection from falling debris. They used a particle system written for a grasshopper that utilized boundary conditions and other site restraints to “inform a compressional structure based on Hooke’s Law- forcing the loads towards the boundaries. ”

They 3d scanned the site to ensure accuracy within 1mm and then  prototyped in house. They then outsourced the full scale panel fabrication (consisting of powdercoated, lasercut, and brake pressed 6mm aluminum panels) and brought to site on a one ton palate. The assembly was then bolted together on site and clear impact resistant glazing was 3m taped onto the structure.

What intrigued me about this project was that  the development was informed by a specific program and site conditions rather than arbitrary form generation. My hope for this full scale project at Niehoff is the same: I would like the final fabrication to be contextual, playing off features of the site: whether structurally, conceptually or both.