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RPC Submission of 3D Print.

Pipe Surface

Create a rhino model from two curves and lofting a surface together.

Go into Grasshopper and create two-three curve blurps.

Go to Curve –> Division –> Divide Curve and do this three times.

From this place the curve stems into the “C” of each Divide blurp.

Next, create a number slider –> set to interger and edit the max number of integers needed.

Place the stem from the slider into each of the “N”‘s of each Divide Curve.

From this go to Curve –> Primitive –> Line.

Put the P’s from each Divide Curve into the line, one P to A, one P to B.

From this go to surface and select Pipe.

Take the stem from the Line and put it into the “C” of the Pipe.

Create another number slider and set it to integers, modify the max number and set it into the “R” of the Pipe.

The R controls the radius of the pipe. Move the slider and the radius changes.

ALL DONE – Pipe Function in Grasshopper to create pipe in rhino and modify the radius.

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The pipe function in Grasshopper is one similar to loft, with “pipe-like” extrusions that link between two curves or points on a curve. In Rhino, after having constructed two curves and lofting them to create a connection between the two curves, and setting points on the curve, and after exporting into Grasshopper, the pipe function uses the lines between the points to create pipes. The function gives a bar-like appearance like when one is walking on a set of monkey bars… After having done some research in the program, I have found that the use of the pipe function requires a lot of CPU’s and results in system failure or sudden system shut down from the amount of memory that these kind of surfaces take.

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“Re-imagining the Hoover Dam” was designed as an entry for the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition by Yheu-Shen Chua of the United Kingdom. The competition challenges designers to examine the relationship of the skyscraper with the natural world, the skyscraper with the community, and the skyscraper with the city. Participants are then to design a structure that inhabits both forms of the natural context and architecture to create a parametric form that blends in with the natural world.

The current Hoover Dam encompasses a viewing platform, a bridge, and a gallery that are all scattered around the site. The design proposes to reconfigure all of these elements into one vertical super structure that spans the length of the dam and into the Black Canyon. One of the main intentions is to allow the water from the upstream river to be directly engaged with viewers by allowing the water to run directly through the site by means of a series of containers and then to travel down these containers to be released in the lower river. The structure stands to be as tall as the tallest building in Las Vegas. With the tower proposed to be so tall, there would be a hanging tower over a 700-foot drop that would act as a gallery and an aquarium to the site.

With the three elements, the designer goes into careful examination of each, with how the water will move through the dam, what kind of circulation will occur on the bridge, and how the construction of the tower will be created. The program is very well thought out and well executed through the implementation of water circulation. Taking a step back from the project, the form of the structure is very appealing to the natural world and blends in with the movement of water in a conceptual analysis.

This is relevant to the architecture and interior design of a skyscraper because it stands as a structural component to nature that also serves as a mechanical system which influences the community but the interior space allows one to venture out across normal boundaries to experience a thrilling phenomena safely by means of the tower. The interior may be scattered throughout the structure allowing different spaces to be experienced but it still serves as an interior while one imagines themselves exposed to the elements.