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P4_01 Julie Martin_02 Sayoko Osada, Madeline Goryl

1. Export warped Maya surface to Rhino; use the unroll command to unroll the polygons. The RPC will score thick paper for us to fold back into this shape.

2. To support this shape, we then sliced the surface and extruded these curves to make a ribbed support system which will be made out of wood.

3. To hold the ribs in place and add counterweight on one side, we sliced the ribs in a perpendicular direction to create more ribs.

4. All ribs were pulled out and made 2d in order to get their lifework to send to the RPC.

Analysis/Curve/Control Points

Control points are the points on a curve or surface that identify intersections or changes in inflection. In this example, I drew a curve in 3d and linked it to the control point command in Grasshopper. Grasshopper then identified the control points with x’s. After you identify and can select the control points, you can control them through moving, translating, copying, etc which will then change the inflection/intersection of the curves. I copied and moved the points on the y axis; I also moved individual points, which are reflected in the copied versions.

Here is the grasshopper file: control_points

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p1 03 Julie Martin: Urban Rhizome

The Urban Rhizome by Jeong-Der Ho and Deland Leong is a high-rise building that is based around the “development of the evolvement of physical formation and its links to the living environment” ( Designed for Hong Kong, the form is composed of intertwining systems that react to one another and the overcrowded and polluted environment. The functions of the various systems are related to those of a plant: one spiral is dedicated to solar energy collection, another to the transpiration-like distribution of water, the third serves as a fuel cell, and the public service sectors complete with vertical gardens are the final areas. Each react to the ebb and flow of the other systems and also the environment.

This example shows the relationship between parametrics and the fluctuation a building undergoes because of everyday human life. Future skyscrapers could benefit from this type of thinking because of the way in which parametrics increases efficiency within the building. No longer is the exterior rigid or the supplies automated or limited, but would instead directly react to the activities and needs within. This project also exhibits a better solution to the ever-present question of the built environment’s relationship to the earth.