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Book available: MetroLAB

MetroLAB is a public-interest design/build program at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design. This book highlights the mission, participants and projects from 2011-2017. The book is available for preview / order at Blurb.

 

Prof Tang’s ITSC RENOVATION project is featured in the book. This Metro Lab studio addressed the renovation of an existing interior space in the Information Technology Solution Center (ITSC) on the UC west campus. ITSC is an initiative of the School of Information Technology (SoIT) at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology (CECH), combining student workers with experienced full-time staff to create innovative technology solutions and reliable support. The objective of the renovation is to create a new high-tech look and an identity for the center and meet the growing needs for client meetings, demonstrations as well as for the staff of ITSC to produce their work.

The proposed design includes new interior surfaces, furniture, and other interior elements. The team also need to complete all fabrications and assembling job within a limited $9,000  budget.  The SAID design-build team utilized the cutting-edge computer-aided design (CAD) tools as well as computer-aided manufacture (CAM) tools and completed the entire project under the budget in only thirteen weeks.

In the design phase, students were required to develop a sequence of iterations to reflect the interior surface tessellation and optimization process of plywood panels. Parametric design software Rhino and grasshopper were used to form a network of triangular shapes and optimized the orientation of each panel based on the material performance and the relation to the daylight. This process created a smooth transition between frame-like panels to solid sheet panels. Later, the similar tessellation approach was used to create the table. The same triangular pattern is adjusted to achieve desired aesthetics on the new partition walls.

The inputs for the CAM pipeline include cutting patterns, panel anchor points, labels, and sheet layout while the outputs are sets of flatted triangular panels ready for CNC milling in the rapid prototyping center at DAAP. In the final assembling, fifty-two different wood panels were installed precisely on the wall.

Check more details on Prof. Tang’s MetroLAB studio here.

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ITSC renovation project

ITSC Interior Renovation. MetroLab Studio ARCH7005, summer 2016.
Students: Mark Specker, Michael Czmiel, Adam Sambuco, Mary Cassidy, Megha Dubey, Mackenzie Grause, Kristin Plummer, Nicole Ridder, Han Shen, Jonathan Tomko
Faculty: Ming Tang
Client: ITSC, School of Information Technology.
Thanks for the support from
School of Architecture and Interior Design, DAAP.
School of Information Technology, CECH
UC Metro Lab, UCRI
Advisor: Xiangwei Zhao, Mei Zhao, Shubber Falah, Chang Di, Yingdong Hu. Volunteer: Benjamin Zhang

 

 

SOFA2016 Exhibition

Ming Tang and Mara Marcu coordinated the gallery exhibition in SOFA Expo Chicago. ( Sculpture Object and Functional Art and Design). The exhibition featured works from faculty and students from School of Art, School of Architecture & Interior Design. Exhibition Hall. Navy Pier, Chicago. Nov2-6. 2016.
The installation has three components. Smaller artifacts expand on the notion of architectural structure and collectively create a catalogue of “misbehaved” tectonics. Larger ceramic and polypropylene prototypes speculate on the role of architectural pleats and on the metamorphosis of two dimensional material to three dimensional form. Several hologram digital models created onsite obsess over the possibility of endless variation through human interaction, the natural versus the artificial, and the-everything-else that lies in between.

Faculty Coordinator:
Ming Tang, Mara Marcu, Katie Parker, Jesse Ring, Abed Breir.
SAID Students: Second year Students in SAID2013 Fall 2016
SAID GA: Han Shen, Nolan Loh, Muhammed Bahcetepe, Andrew Watson, Mathew Klump, Kevin Goldstein, Austin Gehman, Jiajing Xie, Weiqi Chu
SOA students: MShinda Brpaddus, Ginny Grote, Rachel Boue, Jessica Whittington, Jen Watson, Megan Stevens, Olivia Gorman, Sarah Christie
Tectonic Studio students: MShinda Brpaddus, Ginny Grote, Rachel Boue, Jessica Whittington, Jen Watson, Megan Stevens, Olivia Gorman, Sarah Christie, Matt Miller, Ben Hamilton, Daniel Castele, Tsui Lun Wang, Sam Joe Carl, Chen Ludan, Connor Hymes, Daniel Bryan Smith, Olivia Kempf, Sydney Brown, Dung Le, Matt Miller, Jillian Blakey, Sam Kissing, Jing Guo, Prince Osemwengie, Hannah Westendorf, Samantha Schuermann, Amanda Kristoff, Ben Bedel, Jamie Kruer, Brendan Carr, Clark Sabula.
Tectonic Studio Faculty Team: Mara Marcu, Sean Cottengim, Renee Martin, Whitney Hamaker, Ryan Ball, Stephen Slaughter.

More info on this exhibition is here.

 

paper shelter installation

paper tube pyramid structure, with students from ARCH3014 SP15, and SAID2013 FA15 courses. Structure design: Jacob Anderson, Benjamin Blake, Caleb Lang.

Bamboo house construction

construção em bambu! America estrada do sol

It has been a few years since my folded bamboo concept was proposed in 2009. I am always questioning how an architectural concept can adapt to the local techniques via the refined, sometimes reinvented process based the unique context. I am so thrilled to see the bamboo structure been constructed by a team of talent people in Brazil! Congratulations to Daniel, Engels and Javier, Natalia. The 7 meters high structure was mounted on the floor, and posed in a way to represent the flower blooming. The structure consisted of 7 modules. Each module consists of 3 triangles, representing a petal of the flower. Thanks Luke Henry for providing all the materials!