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We took our initial skyscraper design of a fiberoptic tube covered in a protective shell and rebuilt the geometry. We then took our model into Rhino and used the smash command to create a curve for the outer shell which will be folded using paper, and used the contour command to create a series of plates for the skyscraper to be glued together. We will construct the skyscraper and then build the shell around it for the final presentation.

Surface/Analysis/Brep Components

The “Brep Components” button is a very simple analysis tool which allows you to see just how many surfaces (or faces), curves (edges), and points (verticies) of a brep or multiple breps are combined together. This tool is actually called “brep” components, but Grasshopper labels it as “Explode” because it breaks the brep down into these pieces.  This tool becomes very useful when dealing with surface division, or while using sliders to manipulate a curve. As the object changes, the brep component values will continuously update with the relevant information about the parts of the form.

I created two different brep forms to play with: one was a boolean surface that I set as “one brep” and the other brep input was the same surface and a cube input at the same time, producing two sets of comprehensive information about the components.

Brep components example file

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The BOXEL pavilion is a simple experiment conducted by the students of the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold. The structure itself consists of over 2000 beer cases that have been treated and joined together to create a flowing form that was generated in a digital design course with a similar project structure as the one we are about to embark upon in Computer Skills this quarter. An interesting aspect about the BOXEL pavilion is the structural integrity of the cases by themselves is not very great, but through how they have joined and organized the boxes the sculpture becomes so stable that it can be used for events and meetings on campus including presentations and concerts.

A special quality of the BOXEL pavilion is the fact that the boxes are partially transparent. They can be lit up at night, even used for further luminance within the area by spreading the throw of lights shined through it. During the night, the lights peel through the boxes, creating a very warm and soft environment on the “interior” of the curve. During the day, the boxes provide a solid cover from the sunlight, creating a more cool and open space.

The most intriguing part of this structure is how through the use of thousands of rigid, square units you can create a smooth, structural, organic curve. In a way it is a powerful large scale example of how we generate curves using our modeling programs. They are never really curved, but many series of slightly offset pixels, squares, or cubes that the form becomes smoother and smoother until the term “orthogonal” no longer can possibly apply to the system. Its a physical paradox of aesthetic grandeur.

These smaller components are how some skyscrapers are built. Like the tube structures and stacking technique, skyscrapers can be made through the same component iterated many times to create a more stable, larger, and more beautiful building.