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Surface Points

For Project 3, I researched the Surface Points function in Grasshopper. It can be found under the Surface tab in the Analysis Category. As an analytical tool, this function can show you where all of the control points for a given surface are located. To demonstrate this, I made two curves in Rhino and lofted them to create a surface in three dimensions. When lofting, I chose to add more control points so that it would be easier to see them. In the image above, wherever a red x is shown is where a control point for that surface is.

Surface Points

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Zaha Hadid’s proposal for the new world trade center in New York City differs greatly from the original towers which were destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  Where the original towers were rectilinear and orthogonal, Zaha’s towers twist and curve, forming 4 sinuous tubes, which rise above the New York City skyline.  They are mixed use buildings, with programming for both residential and office space.  The towers are no longer a single floor plan that is repeated over and over until the desired height is right.  Rather, with her proposal, Hadid connects space and floors, with the towers themselves reiterating the idea of connection and they rotate and twist themselves to meet at various points.  The proposal eventually lost out to the design by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, whichi is currently under construction at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.