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Honeycomb Partition Description: Michelle Rush, London Huenefeld, Alex Riordan

The model of our partition was constructed at roughly 1/8”=1” scale. It was built with laser-cut 1/16″ chip board.  The form of the partition consisted of parametric (slightly distorted) hexagons which were the faces to the tube-like hexagon structures underneath.  The tube-like structures were stacked within one another to make for an easy assembly.  For the sake of the model we used glue as a connector, but the idea for the real partition was to have bolts so that the pieces don’t slide and fall.  The wall itself was not entirely vertical, in fact it had an extremely undulating form.  This made for some very unique shapes that (for the model) were scored chipboard that we folded to make the hexagonal tube-like structures.  In real like the wall was thought to be made out of some type of metal and felt – the felt would help control the acoustics within the crit space as well as serve a secondary purpose as pinup material.  Certain parts of the wall were to be more flat while others more undulating to create an intriguing partition that also hit both major improvements the studio staff were looking for.

Michelle Rush’s Individual Paper

Michelle Rush
G.I.S. Presentation Explanation
12 April, 2013

G.I.S. has a lot of capabilities, both basic and advanced (particularly when paired with other programs such as Rhinoceros).  It is fairly simple to learn and use and is often utilized by Urban or City Planners as a tool to layer, compare, and contrast the demographics of a particular region, city, neighborhood, or block.  The path I chose to demonstrate and discuss in our presentation involved layering multiple groups of data on top of one another, which essentially roots new information.

I chose to address the availability (and in turn the lack there-of) of certain public services to various residential areas of within Cincinnati.  We, as a group, narrowed our research region to downtown and a surrounding radius that reaches to just above Campus.

The initial demographics I chose were the locations of schools, daycares, and youth clubs throughout the city.  I labeled them as different (also brightly) colored dots so they are easy to see and compare with one another.  After scrolling around the page, it came to my attention that there were three different conditions occurring all on one map.  In one condition there were some areas that had rather large quantities of these facilities clustered extremely closely together.  In the second condition, the facilities did not even come remotely close to one another, and the third condition shows a pretty well-balanced spread.  This was pretty standard information, so I wanted to take it a step further by layering one more demographic underneath of all of these: the density of population per block.  This would allow me to really examine the areas which have appropriate access to such public facilities as well as the areas which more of a trek to make to reach one.

The results of this test were very interesting.  I found that certain neighborhoods with extremely dense population per block have hardly any access to public facilities like the ones in question, while other areas that are substantially more sparsely populated have clusters of said facilities.

Statistics like these are precisely the reason city and urban planners utilize G.I.S. Programs; they can layer information (exactly like I did) to determine how to create a better balance of things like residences, businesses, parks, public facilities, etc. within various neighborhoods.  The research I conducted proves as an illogical issue that eventually needs to be solved so that everyone in Cincinnati can have the same, simple accessibility to schools, daycares, or youth clubs as someone on the other side of town.  This creates happier residents and a more efficient urban system which is the ultimate goal of every urban or city planner.

GIS Presentation

Michelle Rush, Lydia Witte, Baixin Ren

Pinup for 2/14/2013 – Rush, Riorden, Huenefeld

Robot Fabrication

This work was created and constructed by several undergraduate architecture students taking a digital tectonics course at Carnegie Mellon University.

Composition of this wall includes an array of unique hexagonal modules that connect snugly to one another, thereby eliminating any adhesives or fasteners. Each module is formed by two separate molds.  The molds used to form each component are milled on a 7-axis robot.  The molds are then lined-up, clamped tightly to one another, and cast in plaster

When asked to describe who or what influenced this project, the students responded with Fabio Gramazio and Kostas Terzidis.  While developing this project, the students were reading about Francis Bacon and Studios in Tectonics Culture. Finally, the biggest focus of these students is concentrating on the work radar to see who they are interested in working with.  The biggest names of interest include Francois Roche, Greg Lynn, and Coop Himmelblau.

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