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We decided to construct a full scale prototype of our skyscraper out of acrylic to capture the transparent skin we were intrigued by in our initial Maya renderings.  We brought our Maya form into Rhino and contoured it every 1/8″ to capture the full essence of the structure.  We are going to laser cut the individual contour shapes.  We will insert 2 metal rods into the final acrylic form to act as the structural backbone of the skyscraper.


With the ellipse component, you can create an ellipse from 2 specified points.  If you utilize this component with a slider, the points can be changed very quickly, rapidly producing a new shape.  This may be a useful tool for creating a parametric geometry where one wants to specify the points, or manipulate the points of elliptical shapes.

Grasshopper: Annslee Stevenson script

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This is a concept for Harbin’s 2022 Olympic bid by architecture student Alan Lu called SuperStadium. Hosting the Olympic Games has traditionally presented an honor and a challenge for the host city, the challenge being the financial burden of constructing the Olympic Village and the stadiums and arenas required for the games.  Alan Lu’s concept has addressed this issue with the SuperStadium.  Rather than spreading all the arenas and venues around the city, Lu proposes one single entity to house all functions and athletes.  Lu has created a layered form that contains cultural centers on the ground level, sports arenas on the next, and a tower for the athletes that can transition to sellable real estate when the games end.  Lu’s intention is to focus all programs and events so as to lessen the financial burden on the host city along with streamlining the transition between different components of the games themselves.

What drew me to the this project was the rethinking of a traditional method of programming to more effectively communicate with the challenges and burdens that effect cities and events of today.  Lu decided to ignore the conventional way of designing for the olympics and instead looked at the needs of the host city and designed accordingly; he communicated with the city and community rather than relying on the what the had been held as a standard in the past.  This allowed Lu to come up with a new idea and create a fascinating sequence of elegantly layered spaces.  I think we can take this same idea as we move forward with our skyscraper design.