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heather lynn davis design portfolio


heather lynn davis design portfolio

DIGITAL PROJECTS ANALOG PROJECTS GRAPHIC DESIGN DIGITAL FABRICATION


Studio projects showcasing digital modeling and rendering skills in various software.

> Urban Artery | 2011 > Center for the Arts | 2009 > Negative Cube | 2010 > Nooka Showroom | 2010 > Ligament of the City | 2009


Urban Artery | 2011 GRADUATE THESIS

CLUSTER STUDY

CENSUS DATA ANALYZED FOR ZIPCODES WITH MOST POTENTIAL FOR PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

COMMITTEE Gabriel Esquivel John Nichols Shelley Holliday

LOCATION Houston, TX

EXISTING BRIDGE

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SOFTWARE UTILIZED Autodesk Maya, Rhinocerous 4.0, RhinoScript, Grasshopper, VRay

DESIGN INTENT Explore the application of biomimetic principles as a theoretical basis for formal computational design.

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ABSTRACT The grand effect of computation on the field of design within the past twenty years is indisputable. Still, this effect has remained passive, as technology has generally served to replace analog tools, playing a more efficient version of the same role within traditional human designing. Traditional formal design falls into the category of abductive reasoning—possessing a certain subjectivity based on the designers’ cognition and theoretical background. As computation is, by nature, non-subjective, it has lacked this necessary basis for formal design. This project explored the application of biological precedents as a theoretical basis, developing a formal design strategy through computation [1]. Historically, architects and designers have often borrowed ideas and sensibilities from the field of biology. This relationship, however, generally reaches only the superficial level, resulting in a normative architectural system “dressed up” in a biomorphic skin. Rather than giving precedence to the generation of form and then materializing it subsequently, in this project, a bridge’s form, structure, and materiality were derived simultaneously from a series of algorithms that mimicked the operations of biological evolution: selection, reproduction, and mutation [2]. The form was intelligent and efficient—informed and altered by real data from the program and context [3]. This design strategy allowed for the emergence of “complex, non-linear global systems” [3]. These biomimetic algorithms can become a blueprint of instructions that can be informed by data from any environment or program, making this strategy transferable to all contexts, at all scales [3]. Thesis research paper submitted to Fifth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC’12). Publication selection to be announced March ‘12

1. Gero, J. Research methods for design science research: computational and cognitive approaches. University of Sydney. 2. Weinstock, M (2008 March/April) Metabolism and morphology. In Hensel, M, Menges, A (Eds) Versatility and vicissitude: performance in morpho-ecological design. Architectural Design, 78 (2): 26-33. 3. Jones, P, Sabin, J (2007) LabStudio: nonlinear biosynthesis. University of Pennsylvania.


Urban Artery | 2011


TRAFFIC

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BRANCHING + SWARMING IN NATURE

The basic materials of biology have much lower densities than most engineering materials. They are successful not so much because of what they are but because of how they are put together. -Michael Hensel SKYLINE INTERSTATE BRIDGES EXISTING BRIDGE

PEDESTRIAN PATHS WATER LEVEL

LEVELS

The mechanical appearance and behavior of steel, glass, sheet metal, and fasteners is replaced with a new language of blending based on compositing synthetic and biological materials, not in layers but in new molecular arrangements. The combinatorial range of capacities and aesthetics of polymers, resins, rubbers, silicone, cartilage, and cuticle puts into question the tired frame-and-infill model of design, which is based on extreme disparity of material capacities within hierarchical assemblies.


SCRIPTING RESEARCH SELECTION: CENTROID BRANCHING ALGORITHM

REPRODUCTION: RECURSIVE BRANCHING ALGORITHM

RECURSIVE ATTRACTOR HYBRID

1. select starting line 2. angle of branches 3. scale amount 4. number of generations

1. select starting line 2. angle of branches 3. scale amount 4. number of generations 5. select attractors (repellers) 6. threshold distance

MUTATION: CURVE ATTRACTOR ALGORITHM 1. select curves 2. number of generations 3. attraction threshold (attractors/repellers) 4. attraction threshold (curve points) 5. distance for vector to move 6. curve degree


EMERGING PATHWAYS

SELECTION

REPRODUCTION

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Living biological systems are based on a complex organization involving the integration of form, behavior, and environment. This complexity is “heterogeneous, with many varied parts that have multiple connections between them, and the different parts behave differently, although they are not independent�. These complex systems are layered in such a way that one system operates as the environment for another system, but they are not completely hierarchical. Each layer, or system, is integrated through multiple connections, both with the layer serving as its environment as well as with the layers it contains. Due to this complex integration, the systems are dependent upon each other and evolve interactively. Form, material, structure, behavior, and environment become integrated components of a single, complex system [4]. 4. Hensel M, Menges A, & Weinstock, M (2010) Emergent technologies and design. New York, NY: Routledge. 13-20

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MESH SHADING DETAIL


Negative Cube | 2010 PROFESSOR Mark Odom PROJECT DURATION 2 weeks SOFTWARE UTILIZED Autodesk Maya, Mental Ray

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS Create a design through which to explore the concept of “edge”.

I chose to explore the concept of “edge” through the creation of a negative space. Within this negative space exist a wide variety of edge conditions, with functions undefined. By making the space rather small and confined, the user is forced to interact with the edge in some way.

NEGATIVE

CUBE

3D RAPID PROTOTYPE


Negative Cube | 2010


SECTIONS

COLOR VARIATIONS


TEXTURE VARIATIONS

SEMI-TRANSPARENT


DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Nooka Showroom | 2010 PROFESSOR Mark Odom SOFTWARE UTILIZED Autodesk Maya, Rhinocerous 4.0, VRay

Continuation of “Negative Cube” project. Apply ideas explored in previous assignment to a showroom for “Nooka” products.

The “Nooka” brand prides itself in being a very unique product line - unique both from other brands and within the brand itself. Each product has a very unique look and feel, which spurred my design concept of the creation of an “experience cube” for each product. Each cube strives to create an atmosphere that encompasses the feel of a specific Nooka product. The customer, then, could enter multiple cubes, choosing a Nooka product based on the experience of the display space.

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Early studio projects showcasing skills in hand-modeling and hand-drawing.

> Artist Compound | 2009 > Eccentric House | 2008 > Kitchen Design | 2008 > Various Hand Drawings


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I chose to separate the living and working quarters in each unit. Water runs off the steep butterfly roof of each unit and is collected in a cistern. Each unit is oriented roughly north/south so that ample northern light is allowed into the work area and the cooling effects of the south breeze can be maximized. Each unit is made up of four cinder block walls which will store heat during the day and release it at night. The other walls are clad in glass with a system of sliding plywood panels that can be pulled close at night to keep heat trapped inside.

SITE MODEL


Artist Compound | 2009


GRAPHITE RENDERING


FURNITURE DESIGN Bed, desk, chair and shelving design to be used in each of the housing units. Use only 1x4 yellow pine. Simple connections only for easy on-site assembly.


Eccentric House | 2008 PROFESSOR Gerald Maffei

PROJECT DURATION 5 weeks

LOCATION Colorado River bank Austin, TX SQUARE FOOTAGE 1000 PRELIMINARY SKETCH My clients are an eccentric couple who love nature. I designed for this eccentricity by relating the form of the house itself to nature, and also allowing the clients to interact with nature as much as possible through the design. The central portion of the house, containing the living area, closet space and bathroom, relates to the ground with its low ceilings, dense limestone walls, and cobblestone flooring. The bedroom and kitchen relate to the air and sky as they are lighter structures with vast amounts of glass and high ceilings.

FINAL MODEL

SKETCH MODEL

The house is built with post-and-beam construction, disrupting the site as little as possible. The central portion of the house is covered in a green roof. The two leaf-shaped butterfly roofs collect water in cisterns which is then used to water the green roof and landscaping.

SITE MODEL


Kitchen Design | 2008 PROFESSOR Gerald Maffei

PROJECT DURATION 4 weeks

LOCATION Seattle, WA

SQUARE FOOTAGE 200

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS 1 wheelchair-bound family member.

SKETCH MODEL

Face-to-face interaction possible while preparing meals. Lounge area in kitchen.

For my design I chose to put a contemporary twist on the traditional craftsman style of architecture which is popular in the Seattle area. All countertops and appliances are fully accessible to the wheelchair-bound family member. In addition, there is at least 4 ft of circulation space all around the kitchen to allow the wheelchair-bound family member to easily move around and help with meal preparation.

DETAIL DRAWING Glass Awning System

FINAL MODEL

A large outdoor patio area is equipped with a fireplace, grill, and outdoor food preparation and storage areas so that the family can dine outside on nice days.

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Kitchen Design | 2008


RENDERINGS (prismacolor) Bridge Design | 2009

DETAIL DRAWING (graphite) Railing Detail | 2008


Various Hand Drawings

ANALYTICAL DRAWING (prismacolor) “Run Lola Run” Plot Analysis | 2008

EXPLORATORY DRAWING (watercolor) “Morphosis” Sensibility Study | 2008


Variety of graphic work showcasing skills in two-dimensional design, layout and branding.

> Posters > Packaging & Branding > Logos


Posters


CHARACTER SERIES | 2007

Packaging & Branding


visual arts association

Band Logo “When Heaven Falls” based in Fayetteville, Arkansas

BAND LOGO | 2008

VISUAL ARTS ASSOCIATION LOGO | 2007

VERVE KIWI

VERVE WATERMELON

VERVE GRAPE

VERVE PINEAPPLE

VERVE

energy water

energy water

energy water

energy water

energy water

ENERGY WATER SERIES | 2007

STRAWBERRY

Logos


Digital design executed at full scale using CNC routing and other digital-to-analog fabrication techniques.

> Azimuth Wall | 2011 > La Riviera | 2010


Azimuth Wall | 2011 DESIGNERS Elena Manferdini Eugene Kosgoron SUPERVISORS Gabriel Esquivel Carol Lafayette

STUDENT LEADERS Heather Davis Matthew Miller Chris Gassway Karine Bashoyan

LOCATION Azimuth Cafe, College Station, TX SOFTWARE UTILIZED Rhinocerous 4.0, Autodesk Maya, Mastercam Student leaders assisted in writing the initial project proposal and budget, and presented these items to the college for approval. Upon approval, student leaders worked to produce a series of prototypes, communicating directly with Elena Manferdini’s team to solve design and construction issues encountered. The finalized design was then fabricated with the help of several students participating in the Artist in Residence program. The student leaders were responsible for organizing work schedules, material transport, setting up files for CNC routing, quality control and overall fabrication management.

MORE INFO

http://archone.tamu.edu/ www.ateliermanferdini.com

VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX4pr6XsXFM


Azimuth Wall | 2011 photos by Marcel Erminy


PROTOTYPE 1

PROTOTYPE 2

PROTOTYPE 3

PROTOTYPE 4

Aluminum scratched easily needed plastic coating.

Petals intersected - more tolerance needed.

Detched petal-to-petal tabs allowed more tolerance + more accurate bends.

Final test.

“Ears� overlapping bend lines would be bent - must not overlap.

Tabs were difficult to bend accurately.

Very tight/difficult fit on structure with attached petal-to-structure tabs.

Newer bending machine needed.

All tabs detached - multiple flowers fit on structure easily.


FABRICATION | Structure Diagrid | 1/2”x4’x8’ plywood, 1/2”x5’x10’ MDF Support Structure | various 2x yellow pine

Diagrid |Top Half

Diagrid |Bottom Half

Support Structure


Petal Sorting and Assembly

Structure Check and Petal Application

Securing Completed Wall and Vinyl Installation


La Riviera | 2010 SUPERVISOR Gabriel Esquivel LOCATION Bryan, TX

TEAM MEMBERS Ky Coffman Heather Davis Dustin Mattiza Matthew Miller Jeffrey Quantz Michael Tomaso

SOFTWARE UTILIZED Rhinocerous 4.0, Autodesk Maya, Lamina, Mastercam Commissioned by local restaurant, La Riviera, to renovate their entry space, the concept behind the project was to produce a new atmosphere more sensual and suitable for the type of food served. Some of the sensibilities explored were pastry techniques like fondant, frosting and cake ornamentation. The reason behind the research was to produce a series of sensations using materials and form or specific perceptions, sensations and actions, basically interpreting wall, furniture and ceiling surfaces as frosting and fondant with ornament. The project’s scope included a new bar, wall ornaments and a ceiling installation. Due to an extremely tight budget, the team developed innovative processes to reduce cost while achieving the desired atmosphere. MORE INFO Search “La Riviera” at: Suckerpunchdaily http://www.suckerpunchdaily.com Theoremas http://theoremas-gabe00fab.blogspot.com


La Riviera | 2010


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