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I started out by selecting Surface:

– Next select Sphere

– Next Select Vector

– Next Select Grid Triangular connect (P) from this to (B) of sphere

– Next double click and type slider connect to (R) of sphere

– next type (sec) and select brep plane now connect output (S) of sphere to (B) of section

– next type xy to make a plane and connect (P) to (P) of section

With this you can create a grid of spheres with the ability to change the size using the slider. and the section cut allows you to cut the shapes directly in the middle, you can hide the rest and just expose the cuts of the spheres for a pattern. both can be used to create 3 dimensional grided patterns of spheres or can be used with section cut to make a 2d pattern

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The idea of urban decay inspires me not only because it offers a view of previous styles, techniques, successes and failures in the city landscape, but also because I like to use it to enrich my designs. Urban decay and its results add character and connection to a building in a new-built environment. The pictures I have chosen both show urban decay, where graffiti and the breakdown of materials have occurred. Looking at these photographs I begin thinking about how I can incorporate what is already there, like the graffiti or the way the wall is crumbling, into a design for a new space. I might even decide that the space has a set structure that cannot be changed and that should be built around. Incorporating one or more of these elements gives even the most modern design a juxtaposition of the new and the old and creates an experience unlike any other. Bringing things like graffiti into a project of modern design, where there may be clean lines or where the basic design language is sparse or even minimalist, gives it a context that refers to the building’s past. Elements of a decaying building can show or subtly suggest the different layers the building has gone through over many years. Each layer of graffiti or decay or wall pieces deteriorating or walls having been added or removed helps tell the personal history of the building that I want to take into account when designing. As the two pictures demonstrate, graffiti makes an impact on the built environment not only in ornamentation but also in being an almost physical presence that transforms the space. Along with the graffiti, and adding a textural feel to the environment, are the decaying materials. Keeping and even highlighting some of those exposed areas in a new building can add something that cannot be fabricated.  Only time and the presence of humans in that location can make layers of genuine decay occur. The building’s journey through time can add something unexpected and stimulating, while at the same time showing the flaws in the building and, by extension, in humankind. On top of the physical impact of the graffiti there is an artistry that cannot be re-created. While anonymous, random graffiti can be unappealing and even damaging in some eyes, I find its explosion of letters, symbols, words, pictures and colors beautiful. I use this inspiration in my designs by highlighting the elements of decay in whole or in part so that it is clear that there was something in the space prior to the new-built environment Although my preferred design aesthetic is minimalism, I feel that preserving older elements that wouldn’t ordinarily be thought of as fitting into a minimalist design not only enhances the new design but also gives the graffiti and decay that exist already a new life.