Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2009: Industrial
This edition highlights industrial design throughout Texas, as well as the recipients of TSA's 2009 Studio Awards. Texas Architect, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects|AIA, publishes the best projects by Texas architects and thoughtful articles on design and the architecture industry, and maintains an award-winning standard of quality.
texas architect 11 / 1 2 2 0 0 9 33 NicholaS richardSoN light Modulation Simulation helps designers see virtual space as more than just a mirror of reality, allowing the user to test the potential realities – site conditions, material properties, lighting, and the laws of physics – of a design before constructing it at full scale. This project was designed and constructed through a three-hour seminar course at the University of Texas at Arlington on digital fabrication. The professor ana- lyzed simulation as “a way of assessing the unfolding performance of the project and limits of a spatial system through a direct engagement with the underly- ing geometry of the design.” The ultimate goal of this project is to develop the digital and physical groundwork necessary to provide design guidelines for the produc- tion of a screen that will modulate and regulate natural and artificial light. There are two phases: 1) identify and analyze repetitive systems; and 2) use research to design and produce 3D field conditions. In the first phase, a repetitive system can be understood as the repetition of a unit that when col- lectively organized provides or performs a synthesized function. For this experiment, the repetitive system of braided rope was examined for its varying qualities. The rope weaving process provides a pattern that can become more or less opaque depending on the tightness. In the second phase, the geometric structures iden- tified in phase one are implemented in an interlocking, repetitive form meant to diffuse light through the use of simulation. Three different CAD/CAM pieces were designed and manufactured using a 3D printer, with the pieces then used to create latex molds for casting. A final 36x36-inch model integrates the three modules that interlock to function as pockets that can encap- sulate light from the source and modulate its release. Bart ShaW, aia lift:home FEMA trailers are by their nature temporary and by their character demoralizing. What if a permanent solution could be deployed quickly enough to help people retain their community, spirit, and viability? Lift:Home was developed for this purpose. Originally developed for the Texas Grow Home de- sign competition, this concept uses hinged components to allow inhabitable shelters to be deployed and erected as rapidly as possible. The core module contains a liv- ing area, kitchen, bath, and two bedrooms. A second module, which can be added at a later date, will contain one additional bedroom. Modules are fabricated and stored in compact units. A unit contains half of the exterior shell of a new home. This split allows the module to be loaded and shipped within the standard width of a semi-tractor truck. Interior partitions, ceilings, lights, and fixtures are delivered in a third module. The design makes use of economical lightweight, durable materials, multi- wall polycarbonate panels, metal panels, and perfo- rated particleboard.