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P4_McGuire, 04_Bozzi, 03

To create our skeletal exterior skin, we decided to unfold the complete curve by using pepakura. After unfolding, we also created a couple of floor slabs and will stack those three basswood slabs by way of two interior-placed metal “U’s.” Finally, with the unfolded pepakura file, we created the skeletal frame through AutoCAD.

Surface/Analysis/Brep Wireframe

Starting with a sphere, I used my button (Brep Wireframe) to project a frame onto the sphere. The number of frames on the surface can be changed by the slider, which would then change the number of extrusions towards a certain point.

Brep Wireframe can be used to project a frame onto surfaces, dividing the original surface into many more parts for extruding and further exploration.

p2_Caroline Bozzi_03, Emily McGuire_04

Translucent Towers

In school and at work we, as students, are taught the importance of a central core to buildings. I acknowledge that the Space Needle in Seattle, WA has an elevator core, but there are spaces between its core and the surrounding structure as well as separations in the structure itself to allow for a more open building and larger viewing portals. This space currently is not inhabited, but I would be interested in exploring how it could be. The Eiffel Tower does not have a central core, therefore it is able to be translucent. Finally, the telecommunication antenna is able to reach its necessary height without a core as well. At it’s mid-rise height, it has an interestingly cut-out space that seems to culminate at a single base point, and if the structure was able to be inhabitable, I would be interested to see how that large atrium and the surface area it adds to the building would effect the inhabitants.