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Alex Lupascu - Portfolio - 2010-2014 (2013)

Suspended Urbanity : The Inverted City

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(2012)

The Passage

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(2012)

The Flying Honeycomb

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(2012)

Related Research Work - Connector 1.0

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(2012)

Related Research Work - Voronax

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(2012)

Emmerich Project - «Light» as Structure

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(2011)

La Canopée - Lyon Light Festival

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(2011)

The Ceiling (2011)

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(2011)

Simple Complexity - Experimentation

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(2014)

View Analysis Matrix - Experimentation

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(2014)

Sacks Spiral and Prime Numbers

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Bulk Corner

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Appearances in Publications

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Cover Graphics Text analysis tool designed to schematize the contents of a text file with the purpose of referencing visually the subject and main theme of the text. Personal experimentation of Grasshopper’s capacity to emulate the functions of normal text based programming languages while taking advantage of Rhinoceros’s representation power. Algorithm: Dividing continuous characters into words, eliminating the interjections and neutral words, counting, transforming into 2d curves, placing and scaling the rest of the pertinent data to fit precisly on a A4 sheet of paper with the option to emphasize a chosen list of elements. Representation of personal CV and letters.

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PROJECTS (SELECTION)

Alexandru Lupascu 24B, Rue des Bergers 38000, Grenoble, France Ph: +330616432726 @: alex.lupascu@gmail.com Driver’s licence: A, B Availability: Immediate

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: STUDENT - PART II FINAL PROJECT - SUSPENDED URBANITY - Managed the form generation scripts, the environmental and structural analysis scripts, technical issues solving, architectural models fabrication, 3D modelling and renderings, working in a team of four for the final presentation attributing the title of Part II Architect - Tools: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper/Revit/Vray/RhinoNest/Laser cutter. Materials: Cardboard model

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

012 : STUDENT/TEACHING ASSISTANT - THE FLYING HONEYCOMB 014-016: EXHIBITION EVENT PROJECT MANAGER - STANDPUB, GRENOBLE, FRANCE - Managing technical detailing, specification and deadline meeting, CNC fabrication and the supervision of the installation phase for bespoke event booths at venues in France and all over Europe - Other attributes: technical/creative problem solving, prototyping, risk management, material sourcing

-Designing and fabricating an “Environmental object” expressing the advances in technology, in relation to the field of crystallography -Tools: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper/RhinoNest/5-axis-CNC machine. Materials: Alucobond (3mm) 011 : STUDENT - LA CANOPEE (THE CANOPY)

011-013: TEACHING ASSISTANT - ENSAG ( GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, GRENOBLE, FRANCE) - Grasshopper script production and scale 1:1 prototyping using computer numerical control machines (research) - Assisting 4th year architecture students in the apprehension of “conception-fabrication” digital techniques by using Rhinoceros/Grasshopper for the parametric modelling and laser/CNC machines for the prototype fabrication - Assisting the professors in the formation and guiding of the 4th year student’s projects 5.-9.013: RESEARCH INTERNSHIP - THE CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON SONIC SPACE & URBAN ENVIRONMENT (CRESSON)

- Designing and building, as part of a team of students, a pavilion for a student competition financed by the Lyon City Hall for the Light Festival in Lyon. -Tools: AutoCAD/InDesign/5-axis-CNC machine. Materials: Alucobond (3mm) 010 : URBAN PLANNER - ZONAL URBAN PLAN - Coordinating and drafting a privately commanded urban plan in Ramnicu Sarat Town, Prahova, Romania

GRENOBLE, FRANCE

009 : DRAFTING ARCHITECT - SCHOOL REHABILITATION

- Work on a pedagogical material documenting the last ten years of activity of the studio Architecture, Ambience and Digital Culture as part of ENSA Grenoble’s programma 008-009: DRAFTSMAN/ARCHITECT - 4D STUDIOS DESIGN, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

- Managed a team in an Thermic and Functional rehabilitation project for a school comprising two main buildings in Suceava, Romania 008 : DRAFTING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT - PARKING/GREEN SPACE REORGANIZING

- Parametric design in Archicad for Concept, Design and Technical phases of the project - Managed a team of 3 coworkers for two parallel contracts

APPEARANCES IN PUBLICATIONS AND EVENTS 11.012 : MATERIALITY IN ITS CONTEMPORARY FORMS (MC 2012), LYON, FRANCE, 2012 ISBN 978-2-913962-14-9 - International exposition and conference in the field on non-standard architecture, featuring leading theoreticians and practitioners like LARRY SASS of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BRANKO KOLAREVIC of University Of Calgary. - Participated in the exposition with several pieces, one of which was featured on the book cover of the event 10.012 : 50 YEARS OF CAMPUS DE GRENOBLE, GRENOBLE, FRANCE - City event celebrating 50 years of existence of the University Campus of Grenoble - Participation in the architectural object exposition and spatial organisation of the event 012 012

: LES GRANDS ATELIERS - ACTIVITY 2011-2012 - EMCC - LYON, 2012, ISBN 978-2-35740-261-4

SKILLS AND APTITUDES SOCIAL: SPEED LEARNER, TEAM PLAYER,

MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT ADEPT, PEDAGOGUE,

COMMUNICATOR, SPEAKER HIGHLY MOTIVATED

MANAGEMENT: MULTITASKING CAPACITY,

TEAM ORGANIZER,

TECHNICAL: EXCELLENT KNOWLEDGE OF PROBLEM IDENTIFIER AND SOLVER,

DIGITAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES AND REQUIREMENTS DETAIL AWARE, STRONG ANALYTICAL THINKER, MAKER

ARTISTIC: PHOTOGRAPHER,

SKETCHER,

DIGITAL: RHINOCEROS (8/10),

GOAL BREAK-DOWN,

2012, ISBN 978-2-35740-260-7

011-013: MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE - ENSA DE GRENOBLE- FINAL PROJECT: “SUSPENDED URBANITY” - Part II equivalent, graduated Top of the class. Architecture, Ambience and Digital Culture Studio. Teachers: Philippe Liveneau and Grègoire Chelkoff 004-010: MASTER OF URBAN PLANNING - SPECIALISED IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (5.5YEARS) - “ION MINCU” UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA -Diploma Project: “Placemaking in the City Centre of Bucharest” - Intervention regarding the introduction of “shared spaces” in the old city’s centre, while emphasizing the area’s cultural legacy 998-002: IT PROGRAMMER ANALYST - “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN” HIGH SCHOOL, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Alex Lupascu

AUTODESK REVIT(6/10),

WINDOWS, MAC OS, ADOBE INDESIGN(7/10), GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD(6/10),

LANGUAGES:

ENGLISH(8/10),

GRASSHOPPER(9/10),

MICROSOFT OFFICE(4/10), COREL DESIGNER(5/10), GERMAN(2/10),

ITALIAN(4/10),

VRAY(7/10),

PYTHON SCRIPT(8/10)

C PROGRAMMING(5/10),

FRENCH(9/10),

VISIONARY

ARCHITECTURE PASSIONATE

: LES GRANDS ATELIERS - STUDENT EXPERIMENTATIONS - FETE DES LUMIÈRES LYON - EMCC - LYON,

STUDIES

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- Reorganizing a parking in Bucharest while restructuring it’s integration with the surrounding green space

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP(4/10), AUTODESK AUTOCAD(7/10), GOOGLE SKETCHUP(8/10) SPANISH(3/10),

ROMANIAN(MT)

HOBBIES TRIPS: DIVERSE:

FRANCE, DESIGNER,

ITALY,

GREECE,

FIXED GEAR CYCLIST,

GERMANY,

HUNGARY,

RUBIK’S CUBE SOLVER,

BULGARIA,

ROMANIA

HIKER,

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Suspended Urbanity : The Inverted City (2013) The Inverted City is a response to a problem set in the year 2050. The team’s proposition has a utopic substrate induced by the theme’s constraints, to which the chosen approach was to identify and address not only the existing problems of the site, but also the ones that might arise, while imagining and then taking advantage of the mid-21st century’s technology. The project’s shape derives from the site’s characteristics, which corroborated with the lack of necessary constructible terrain in Grenoble, invoke the urbanisation of the mountain overlooking the city. The basic concept is a horizontal line connecting the key points identified at the territorial analysis stage, including two abandoned academic buildings and the two closest connections to the city’s street network, to form a “passage” from which the user can descend into the building via vertical circulation nodes. The accent was placed on usability, durability, functional flexibility, environmental performance and integration by using computational optimization methods. Team: José Manuel Cámara Alex Lupascu Théo Marchal Antoine Pillant Software: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper/Kangaroo/Chameleon/Revit/Ecotect/InDesign

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Analysis Phase

Key points

Process

Grasshopper parameters

Proposal

Site plan

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Grasshopper generation script

Model Testing (ECOTECT)

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Facilities

General Programming

Housing Typologies

Structural Radial Array

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Vertical Access:

Public

Private

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SECTION THROUGH CIRCULATION NODE

BIBLIOTHEQUE

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PASSERELLE

LOGEMENTS DUPLEX ET SIMPLEX BIBLIOTHEQUE & PASSERELLE

LOGEMENTS DUPLEX ET SIMPLEX

COWORKING COWORKING

HALLE HALLE

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LOGEMENTS

LOGEMENTS

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MARCHE MARCHE

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The Library

Perspectives

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Plan level -1

Section

Plan level -2

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Reactive skin details

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Final scale model photos

1:2000 scale model

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1:500 scale model

1:100 scale model

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The Passage (2012) Ambient structure designed for a local event held in Grenoble(France), commemorating 50 years of existence of Grenoble’s University Campus. The pavilion incites the viewer to traverse it and enjoy the atmosphere created by the lights, curves and dynamics transposing anyone daring to cross into a small parallel universe. The Passage links the main stage of the event with an existing piece of artwork designed by the American sculptor Alexander Calder - “La Cornue”. Curves from this sculpture were directly integrated in the Rhinoceros/Grasshopper interface, and form the basis of The Passage. Financed by the Campus of Grenoble, designed under the direction of Philippe Liveneau, geometric and fabrication scripting Alex Lupascu, built with a team of “����������������� Architecture, Ambiance & Culture Numérique” M1 students in octobre 2012. Material: 8mm Plywood Structure: 10mm by 1m steel rods 32 slices, 64 pieces, 6 1m steel rods Constructed at Les Grands Ateliers (Villefontaine, France). Size: 2.4 x 2.4 x 5 m Production cost: ~ 2000E Fabrication Layout

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* 32 slices, 64 CNC machined pieces * Plywood 8mm * 6 steel rod connections * Software used: Rhinoceros/grasshopper/ Rhinonest 2.5 * Appeared in 2 expositions (2012)

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The Flying Honeycomb(2012) The Flying Honeycomb is a digital sculpture based on earlier academic work, related to the physical representation of mathematical surfaces. This instance of the object is an excerpt of twentythree hexagon cells representing a surface that was modelled based on curve representations of two different sound wave lengths. The 2D mapping is extruded to a point, with a variable thickness calculated to offer enough structural self-support. The point extrusion creates a dynamic transparence in relation to the observer’s position, thus going from fully opaque to fully transparent in the idea of creating a ‘frame’ for observing that which is behind the structure, from one and only one point. Financed and fabricated for the “50 Years of Campus” Exposition, It also appeared in the expositions of “Materiality in it’s contemporary forms” 2012 (with the participation of Branko Kolarevic, Larry Sass and Hans-Walter Muller) and MC 2014. Designed in collaboration with Prof. Philippe Liveneau, generation and fabrication scripting Alex Lupascu, built with the “Architecture, Ambiance & Culture Numérique���������������������� ������������������������������� ” M1 students in october 2012. Software: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper/RhinoNest Fabrication: CNC 5-axis (Les Grands Ateliers) Materials: Alucobond 3mm 3.2mm Aluminium rivets Final photo credits: ©jp-angei

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Generation

1st Intentions

1st model

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1st 1:1 model

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Prototype on site

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Prototype detail

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Final prototype

* 23 CNC machinned Cells * Alucobond 3mm * Aluminium Rivet connections * Software used: Rhinoceros/grasshopper/ Rhinonest 2.5 * Appeared in 3 expositions (2012-2014)

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Related Research Work - Connector 1.0 (2012)

Connector research - Lasercut model

Data: 10 cells, 70 connectors, 44 individual facets

1:1 connector prototype

Connector 1.0 original Grasshopper script Data: 92 connectors, 56 facets. Material: plywood 8mm

Connecting pieces evolution

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Exploded axonometry

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* 56 FACETS * 92 Connectors * Plywood 8mm * Software used: Rhino/ Grasshopper/RhinoNEST * Tools: 5 AXIS CNC/Laser Cutter * Experimentation

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Related Research Work - Voronax (2012)

Fabrication layout

Voronax is an exploration into the realm of geometrical computational optimizations. Based on research work by Dr.-Ing. Milos Dimcic, from Stuttgart University(http://www.programmingarchitecture.com), it uses Grasshopper add-ons like Kangaroo to calculate the relaxation of a network of voronoi cells to eliminate the structural weak spots inherent of voronoi geometries. The script also introduces a parameter to control the cell density. Original grasshopper script for geometry generation and Laser/CNC fabrication. Software: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper/Kangaroo/RhinoNest/Illustrator

Exploring the ‘design space’ of the algorithm

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Emmerich Project - «Light» as Structure (2011) By borrowing the formal and structural characteristics of origami, the project constitutes an installation in a defined space. The intentions were to recreate by the means of the fineness and poetics of folding, the sensation of protecting and enveloping comfort. By its form and its facets, the object structures the light, climatic and spatial ambience. The spaces created by the connecting pieces between the facets, give the impression of an exploded entity that lets the light pass, thus creating a play of shadow and illumination. Under the structure the observer finds himself in a covered environment that is also permeable to the view. He can enjoy the protection from the sun’s rays while perceiving the surrounding landscape, avoiding thus a brutal disconnection with the site. Knowing that the goal is to obtain a perfectly balanced succession of self-supporting elements which distribute equally and symmetrically the loads, the final structure is composed of two symmetric parts which lean on the surrounding walls. A cut in the lower end of the structure assures the stability of the set. The project also takes into account the dimensions of the plywood sheet, optimizing the usable surface by the means of geometrical calculations aimed to also satisfy the span length and achieve structural stability. Software: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Vray, Photoshop Materials: 3mm Plywood Team : Marion Top, Johana Salazar, Katy Kane, Emilie Frayssinhes, Théo Marchal, Javier Zambrana, José Cámara Beviá, Jorge Pizarro, Alex Lupascu.

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* 70 Facets * 396 Connectors * Plywood 3MM * Software used: Sketchup/ Vray/ AutoCAD /Photoshop * Exposed at the Grenoble School of Architecture

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La Canopée - Lyon Light Festival (2011) The Canopy is the proposal of the Architecture School of Grenoble for the national student competition “Experimentations Etudiantes” integrated in the 2011 edition of The Lights Festival held yearly in Lyon. Our proposal, under the supervision of Professor Philippe Liveneau, consists of a doublewalled white Alucobond volume who’s pattern is inspired from the image of light filtered through the forest’s top, inducing a play of shadows and direct/reflected light to capture the atmosphere of such a scene as it happens in nature. Neon lights were placed in the interstitial space between the two panels forming a wall. The panels were calculated to fold in a specific manner, cut at Les Grands Ateliers using a CNC 5-axis milling machine and assembled on site using nuts and bolts. The object was placed in Sathonay Square. Software used: Adobe Illustrator/AutoCAD Materials: 18 sheets of 3.2m x 1.25m x 3mm Alucobond

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* 18 CNC machinned sheets * Alucobond 3mm * Nut/bolt connection * Software used: Illustrator/Autocad * Appeared in Lyon Light Festival Exposition (2011)

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Renderings

The Ceiling (2011) The Ceiling is a experimentation regarding complex geometries done in collaboration with INP Pagora Grenoble( International School of Paper Engineering, Printed Communications and Biomaterials). The project’s theme is open, the only limitation being the obligatory use of cardboard as the building material of the prototype. Our proposal takes the form of a light structuring ceiling, composed of a two-level hierarchical Voronoi organisation, to-be placed in a given location. Four hundred and forty cells make up the built prototype. Team: Marine Reynaud, Sixtine Danielou, ThÊo Marchal Alex Lupascu

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* 440 CNC cut cells * Cardboard 1mm * Glue bonding * Software used: Rhinoceros/ Grasshopper/ RhinoNEST/ Illustrator/ AutoCAD

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Simple Complexity - Experimentation (2011) Study aiming to increase knowledge of lists operations and geometrical relationships between elements in Rhino/Grasshopper. The exercise takes the form of a arched exoskeletal roof connected by steel cables to three arcs, supporting the whole structure. Inspired by the “Tensegrity� concept (D.G. Emmerich, B. Fuller) and the work of S. Calatrava. The Grasshopper script takes only the trajectories of the three arches as input and calculates the model accordingly.

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View Analysis Matrix - Experimentation (2014) Custom analysis tool designed to assign values to a 3d point matrix, based on environmental data. The script projects onto each point the nearing buildings and landscape to simulate a photographic 360 degre masking, in order to identify possible architectural programming opportunities. Archelios or Carnaval landscape data is used, based on the GPS coordinates of each point in the matrix. Surrounding buildings are manually inserted in the scene. The data can then be used as basis for other algorithms (morphological, performative, etc.) Needed software: Rhino/Grasshopper/Carnaval

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This graphic represents the distribution of all prime numbers amongst the first 100.000 natural integers, placed in the following manner on Archimedes’s spiral:

Sacks Spiral and Prime Numbers (2014)

Each number corresponds with one point on the graphic and can have one of two values - white - for non-prime numbers and black - for the prime ones. The count starts in the centre and turns anti-clockwise, the one restriction being that each time the spiral intersects the X axis, the number corresponding with that point must be of form (x+1)2. The integers in the interval “x2 -> (x+1)2� are then evenly distributed on the corresponding arc. Discovered in 1994 by Robert Sacks, this graphic shows clear patterns in the distribution of prime numbers even though a simple formula for computing them was never discovered. Personal experimentation. A custom Python component was created to calculate the prime numbers amongst the first 100000 natural integers. Software: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper + Python

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Bulk Corner

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Appearances in Publications MC 2012 : Cover illustration + Pages : 10, 16, 19, 20, 28, 351 Les Grands Ateliers Activités : Pages : 16, 19, 63, 70, 89, 96, 147 Experimentations Étudiantes - Fête des Lumières - Lyon : Pages : 9, 98, 99 MC 2014 : Pages : 110, 111, 115, 127 This book was made using Adobe InDesign CS5. Thank you for your attention!

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