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Working With Constraints Jacob Eller Clemson University jteller@g.clemson.edu


Picnic Pavillion

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Sophomore Fall Semester | Final

The constraints that were taken in and worked with for this project allowed for many different design opportunities. Construct a site model of a real topographical map at half scale, choose one of four design processes studied the same semester, and construct a piece that allowed for several veiws in different directions over the mountain top for a tourist attraction. The final model is composed of two sets of three mirrored frames. The individual frames are made from three elipses rotated along their aligned center, each varying in size to make a perfect set of elipsoids.


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Pictured are several steps I took when modeling my final model. From study models to the beginning of the final model I stuck to a process of construction I felt comfortable with. I began with cutting out the halves of the three rotated elipses drawn at different contours from the whole elipsoid cluster. I then connected them to make an outline of the shape.


Carpenters Elipse

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Sophomore Fall Semester | Project 01

The Carpenters elipse project consisted of learning a hand skill to draw a perfect elipse without using a stensil. The only contraints were installed within the skill itself, with only two nails spread apart and a piece of string tied into a continuous loop that fits around those nails to work with, a perfect elipse had to be made. After days of practice and learning the logistics of the skill, I began strategically placing my nails to make different combinations of elipses. I soon realized that with only one nail you draw a circle. After this I worked on paper on both the X and Y axis and kept one nail in the middle while moving the other closer after every elipse.


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Pictured are a few of many digital experiments I created while focussing on blending rotated elipses trying to make a circular object.


Operation Boolean

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Sophomore Fall Semester | Project 02

While being introduced to digital software, the boolean operations were some the first ones taught to me. The constraints here were to intersect a twelve by twelve by twelve inch cube with any number or size of other objects to create spacial adversity while intersecting all faces of the bigger cube. Pictured is an analog drawing of an elevation oblique of my cube and intersecting rectangular prisms. As the lines begin to migle it might be hard to single out the intersecting pieces but the drawing constraints were to draw the pieces altered from their original posistions.


Page 7 First row: Wooden dowel frames of the cube with the intersecting pieces suspended inside and intersecting themselves.

Second row: Museum board solid-void model showing the subtractive or cutting boolean operation.

Third row: experimental solid-void model.


Folded Architecture

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Sophomore Fall Semester | Project 03

This project was pure imagination and figuring out how to make things with folded crease patterns within the constraints determing the types of structures made; a column, and folded-template, and a curvedcrease pattern. I focussed on the herring-bone pattern for both my column model and folded-template model. For my curved crease model I focussed on using the same curve to repeat a wave like pattern.


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“A good designer can create a design that accomodates all the constraints and still delivers an elegant, satisfying experience to the user. A great designer can go beyond this and create a design that demonstrates that some of those constraints werent really there to begin with.� - Jesse James Garrett


Sophomore fall semester