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Virtual Environments (ENVS 10008) Module Two: Design - Week 5 Catherine Mei Min Woo 562729 Semester 2/2012 Group 13


Digitization Headpiece

Death

Due to delayed design finalization, delayed digitization process was carried forward with technical difficultiues


Design Alternatives Headpiece

Death

Design 1: Sketches and clay model

Design 2: Inspired by previously proposed design, and intergrated into the second design


Reflection Death

After successfully digitizing the basic form of the subject, several design alternatives were explored in relation to the design focus, which was the curvature, shadows and the interraction of light with patterns. The initial design was evaluated and revised to a larger, grander design. This was inspired through the analysis of one of the previous designs which focused on fulfiling the design criteria through aesthetics, hence a more whimsical and elegant looking design as opposed to a physically sustainable model. Through combining the ideas of form and functionality, as described in the lectures and readings, the second design emerged from the combination of both designs. This resulted in a physically sturdy structure that can theoretically sustain itself as well as a frame for pattern intergration, while retaining aesthetic elegance that remains relevant to the theme of Death, addressing the focus on curvature as well as shadows. Furthermore, he larger wing span creates a more magestic and looming setting compared to the shorter wing span in the first design.


Paper Prototypes Headpiece

Death Paper prototype mimicing the curvature of the proposed design

Shadows on various surfaces, with different light source direction and projections


Paper Prototypes Headpiece

Death

Wire mesh prototype

Paper prototype: simplified for panelling


Reflection Death

The process of making paper prototypes assiested greatly in the segmentation of the design. Through this process, the computation of the design into the Rhino software, as reflected in the lectures and readings, is streamlined, as the physical parameters are made clear through experimentation with materials that behavae similarly to the actual building material. This however, is also subject to change as the scale/material changes. Through making the prototype to mimic the curvature, created a precident to attempt to simplify/replicate such forms, and hence, the use of wire meshes to replicate the shape of the design before being transfered onto paper for observation and simplification. The design was then broken up into four key parts, the overhead wing, the core, the left wing, and the right wing.


Virtual Environments Module 2 Week 5