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Curve/Spline/Polyline and Curve

In exercise P3, I worked on developing a system with Grasshopper (in Rhino) that combined both a polyline and curve into the same system. I then expanded this practice with the addition of a divide in the polyline, and then adding the caternary node to the equation in order to generate a complex system. When all of these different nodes were baked together, the result was a varying and complex shape, that has the ability to inspire form.

In definition, a polyline is a A polygonal chain, polygonal curve, polygonal path, or piecewise linear curve, is a connected series of line segments. When this interacted with the curve, the result was an interacting shape that was determined in changes in both the points on the polyline and the warp of the curve.

Project 3 Rhino test

P1_Jonathan Schaefer_03

The Mikado Housing project, which was featured in the Evolo Housing Competition in 2007, is an exploration alternate design rules with regard to physical and spacial connections for housing organization. Influenced by “mikado,” a pick up sticks game, the structure is formed by a series of interlocking architectural sticks; each stick serving a different function.

The first type of stick serves as connectors, or bridges, to link the different programs of the building to one another. the knotted areas which occur between connections area areas where the various contained programs are able to mingle, creating a varying style of architecture at these points. The third group is made of voids, which are flexible in purpose and lend stability to the overall system the sticks create between one another.

“It is an investigation about fullness and emptiness and its relation to program and circulation.”

the potential of using such an architecture would be varying in its benefit. It could be built virtually anywhere on Earth (and perhaps beyond) in an enclosed crevasse, yet would be contained and environmentally responsible for the land which contains the structure: it would leave the landscape largely untouched, and would also be visually hidden.

“Mikado housing is an organism composed of residences, streets, public and residential areas. It is a network of spacial and physical patterns and protocols of organization that create new types of hybrid entities.”