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Curve/Analysis/Planar

Grasshopper

The planar command tests the planarity of any curve. You click curve and then right click to attach that to curve drawn in Rhino. You then attach that to the planar input and it in turns places a curve perpendicular to the curve in rhino. After that there are a number of steps you can take. I then align another plane to the Z plane in rhino and then added frames to the base curve.Curve_Planar

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WichitaFinal

Dwell describes Wichita as being built “for creative people yearning for low rents and plenty of space” later detailing the various design firms making their mark on the city through new architectural projects. When looking into these projects, one, a green art park, provided us with our own site almost directly accross the street. The site upon which the sidescraper is located was previously home to the transportation department of Wichita. Currently occupying Union Station and the majority of our site is Road Runner Inc. with the transportation department moved off-site to a smaller, unassuming building. Adjacent to this building lies a stretch of concrete formed “awnings” sheilding the old railroad platform from the elements. Distinct in form and rich in the history of Wichita, these iconic structures provided a unique opportunity from which to launch our possible construct. With this in mind, we set out a program that would play off of the existing Union Station as well as provide the site with the new home for the transportation department, offices, lofts, entertainment, and extensive views of the city.
Reminiscent of old downtown, the form of the Wichita Sidescraper is an extrusion of the original Wichita Union Station. The new transportation station branches off of its remains then curves around the site ending in a massive version of the original form. Rhythm develops in the spaces between the individual sections of the sidescraper, speeding down the straightaway off of the original station and slowing down as the bulding curves around the site, finally coming to a stop at the end of the new transportation headquarters.

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Hydrogenase is a project designed by Vincent Callebaut as an algae farm to recycle C02 for a a bio-hydrogen airship. The project began as a study into bio mimicry in design and function. Hydrogen has long been viewed as a viable clean energy source with it’s ability to produce electricity and biofuel without emitting CO2 or other pollutants. The project discusses the possibility of using living micro-organisms, seaweeds, as the resource to produce hydrogenase enzymes.

Their website discusses this process in detail :”Moreover, a farm with seaweeds is a true miniature biochemical power station able to absorb CO2 as main nutrient by photosynthesis accelerated by producing hydrogen in vitro or in bioreactors. This natural process, nourishing itself with our waste enables thus to recycle under the effect of the sun, in seaweeds or sea water baths, up to 80% of carbonic gas and NOx (nitrogen oxides also very impacting on the greenhouse effect). The global organic cycle enables therefore to revaluate our carboned rejections such as for example those are coming from filters with particles of our cars, reactors of our airplanes or also our rockets coming from thermal power stations with coal or gas…No airplane, no helicopter, no aircraft, the project « Hydrogenase » marks a new generation of state-of-the-art hybrid airships. It is dedicated to humanitarian missions, rescue operations, installation of platforms for scientific studies, and of course to air freight. Then, complementary activities could be entertainment, eco-tourism, hotel, human transports, air media coverage and territorial waters surveillance.”

The scale of the proposal is massive, including four inhabitable spaces within four distinct “bubbles” afloat only through renewable energy. While the scale and use of the project seems a tad outrageous it does bring to question the ability of a building, or spacecraft, to not only utilize renewable energy but also host the organisms that produce it, creating a closed, 100% self-sufficient, organic entity.