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Process work in Rhino of our skyscraper. We will construct a portion of the design out of laser cut pieces of acrylic, contoured at every 1/8″. We will then surround the contoured interior construct with the laser cut exterior skeleton. We will sand the acrylic of the exterior skeleton to emphasize the materiality differentiation.


The Length tool is a simple way to analyze the length of a given curve. The tool can be utilized to measure one specific curve, or multiple curves of an identical type. Hovering over the button will give you the exact length in whatever units you’ve set up your project. I used the tool to measure the length of one rectangle (an enclosed curve), as well as one arc (a non-enclosed curve). I also used the tool to analyze the circumferences of multiple circles. Since only one Params/Geometry button can be attached to the Length button at once, the tool can only be used to analyze one type of curve at a time. Once a set curve is attached to the button, the tool can be used to simply display the length or perimeter of the curve, or can be attached to another button for further analysis. I used the measurements found by the length tool to create a bar graph comparing the circumferences of multiple circles.Curve Analyze

Molly Smith

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This airport on Caticlan Island in the Philiphines, designed by Buensalido Architects, is a proposed gateway to Boracay Island. This formerly deserted stretch of beach is now considered a top vacation destination for upscale tourists. The design aims to educate those who arrive in the air terminal about Boracay’s growth patterns and socio-economic development.

Through a parametric design process, factual information from the island’s socio-economic profile in line graph form was used to create the form.  An undulating grid pattern formed, mimicking the waves of the ocean beyond, to become the basis of the building shell.

The design then further integrates patterns in nature and cultural elements to tie into the surrounding area. Perforations in the airport’s shell mimic the structural performance of a coral reef, thickening at points of higher structural stress and becoming more spread out at points with less stress. Vibrant accent colors give the design a distinct Filipino character.

This is an interesting way to incorporate a site’s cultural and economic identity into a design. Skyscrapers, like airports, are often a key element of a city or region.  As this airport will be the first building a visitor to Boracay will see, a skyscraper is often the primary highlight of a city’s skyline. Allowing the design to educate its viewers on the surrounding region is thus a unique and logical way to welcome tourists into a city.

Watch the architect discuss the design here (this project begins around 2:40):