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Curve/Analysis/End Points

You use analyze end points to find the end points and use them as references. In the first image, the end point tool is used to find the end points of the line. In the images that follow a circle is placed at intermediate points that are dictated by a parametric equation associated with these endpoints. Because of this both the circle size and distance from each other can are linked to the equation and the endpoints they change varying on this value. For instance, the line can be trimmed and these endpoints still remain the same. This script could be evolved into a jig-saw joint that responds to the length of the line and a radius input.

Jig Saw Grasshopper

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2006 eVolo Skyscraper Competition entry by Carrie Norman

Carrie Norman’s design “Structure and Architecture” questions the role of structure in the field of architecture. The question was whether or not the structure could integrate other systems that would create a more symbiotic relationship between the individual elements. She modeled the structure after a leaf, in which the same members that give it strength and stiffness, also deliver its ‘nuterients.’

So she proposes that this knew form of structure would not only bear the load of the building but also operate other services and processes. She uses this new technology to design a research institute that would contribute to the efforts of reducing energy consumption by yielding agriculture and serving as a seasonal market for the Philadelphia community.  The market would be covered by a canopy of hydroponic garden pods, and would reduce the energy consumed transporting fruits and vegetables from rural to urban areas.

The design in broken into three distinct elements, the stem, core and roots, all of which are clearly visible. The structure becomes the network that links all these areas and their processes. The stem, as in a lead, acts as the water processor. The core filled with lab space that serves as a protective covering around this stem. Three research facilities branch off from this central core and would house environmental efforts to promote more sustainable buildings. Finally, the “roots” transfer the water back to the ground, completing the cycle.

I see this project as an interesting exploration in how we could (and probably should) deal with mechanical systems, especially in a skyscraper. Most times hvac, electrical, and other processes are afterthoughts to not only the design process but the project in general. In this case the systems are integrated and the building, and the structure itself assist in the efforts of supporting the functions of the building.