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Development of Art Therapy Center Diffusion Screen


Curvature Graph

Curvature Graph is a tool that allows you to input that scale of an object and it multiplies the object as many times as you place points.

There were not many references on the internet about this tool and the error messages that I stumbled upon were numerous but if you would like to have a go at it, you can download the script here: Curvature Graph

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The Norwood Alternative Therapy Institute utilizes the creative and performing arts to heal and grow.  The concept behind the design of the building is to sculpturally expand the existing St. Nicholas School. This concept is manifested in the parametrically designed ceiling that hovers over the main gallery space. The gestures on the mass are discrete as to not distract from the artwork on display below. The sloping form indicates that an important space occupies the area beneath. The apertures in the mass provide visual interest, texture, path, and delight while functionally providing a soft and even light. When in place in the building, the mass should appear to preside over the space as a piece of artwork itself. Understanding the difference between art and design is a step toward maturity. Unifying the two in a form, I believe, is the destination of the Vitruvian ideal to combine firmness, commodity, and delight.

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The Cloud

I struggle to see relevance in designing skyscrapers… but, none-the-less, I am showing an example of a project that I believe generates social welfare in its design by providing additional interactive and community based space.

“Netherlands-based architectural firm MVRDV recently revealed their controversial design for The Cloud, a new pair of residential skyscrapers to be built in Seoul, South Korea. The idea is based around two towers, one reaching 853 ft into the air while the other rising 984 ft. These towers are then connected at the 27th floor by a pixelated cloud that takes up 10 floors on each side and features restaurants, gyms, cafes, conference rooms, gardens and a lounge area. By now you may have been able to guess why this design has caused quite the stir. With its similarities to the 9/11 Twin Towers attack, many have expressed their outrage against the proposed building. MVRDV has released an apology on their site for anyone they may have been offended and says that “the design inspiration of The Cloud is visualized in the first image on our website, a cloud covering the centre of the Skyscraper.” So far MVRDV is carrying through with the construction and an estimated completion date is somewhere in 2015.”

Rather than bore over whether or not it looks like the Twin Towers (which is a non-arguement), I’d like to critique the pixelation imagery. The element of disintegration the two skyscrapers share is quite graphic. Whether the designers meant for the design of the building to resemble pixels or not, graphic design has always been an overwhelming interest of mine and this building is an example of digital creativity. I’d like to explore other forms of disintegration and merging, as well as how these moves can contribute to the overall performance of the building.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite Dalí paintings. There is just something in the simplicity of pixels that intrigues me. Very individual units, squares, joining together to provide enough information to understand a concept.