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Through a Scherer Mind

Joseph Scherer Clemson University jschere@g.clemson.edu


“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.�

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- Le Corbusier


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Carpenter’s Elipse

Above is a drawing using ellipses created by using pins and a string. I looked at what would happen when the length of the string and pin locations varied. The above drawing contains more than 50 lines by incrimentaly changing the location of the pins on the paper.

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I used Adobe Illustrator’s blend tool to create this set of digital drawings which connect a series of ellipses over multiple instances. Each digital drawing builds on the previous one. For the final image it was further manipulated in Adobe Photoshop.

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Shapes Carving Shapes

Boolean operations happen where two shapes overlap each other and create a zone of intersection. I created wireframe models using basswood square dowls. After, I used museum board to create a solid void model of the final wireframe. The solid void model helped visualize what happens when a shape intersects another.

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I used pencil to draft my cube as an elevation oblique at the scale: 3/4� = 1�. Then I used a blue pencil and drew a series of intersecting shapes starting from my physical model. After drawing a series of intersecting shapes, I used ink to outline the final solid shape and used dotted lines to show edges that are behind.

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Plane Surface Volume: Curved Crease

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Above is the folding pattern for my curved crease project. The folding pattern is on a 18�x24� piece of paper. To the right is my final model for my curved crease pattern.

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Plane Surface Volume: Column

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Above on the left is the folding pattern for the folded paper column. The column broken down into its original form is a hyperbolic parabaloid. When the pattern is folded it starts to bend around to form a column.

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Plane Surface Volume: Folded Plate

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Above is my process that I went through for this proj e c t . I s t a r t e d o u t t e s t i n g t h e o r i e n t a t i o n o f t h e p a p e r. After that I went on to test different lengths of paper while also testing out what kind of paper to use.

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Above is my folding pattern for my folded plate structure. Unrolled the pattern is 65� long. On the left is the whole pattern unrolled and on the right is a close up of the pattern.

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Curves within Lines

I created a ruled surface which is a curved surface generated by a series of straight lines. I used wood dowels as my boundaries and then string as my straight lines to create the ruled surface. I wanted to increase the structural depth of the surface while maintaining a thin material thickness.

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Above is my drawing for this project. It is on a 18� x 24� sheet of paper. I used ink for the drawing. The drawing is not two separate rings but one continuous loop similar to my folded plate structure earlier. The image below the drawing is my model as a whole while the image on the previous page is a closeup of a detail.

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Where Sky meets Earth: McClaren

Inspiration for the formal aspect of my project came from looking at the exhaust area of a McClaren P1. Using the lessons learned by practicing Boolean operations -the method of carving shapesI created two spaces of different sizes and two different views, where one was to the east and the other one upwards to the sky.

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Above is the design process developed in Rhino. These steps illustrate how I studied carving out spaces out of the virtual mass defined by the edges of the project’s limits.

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Above is plan and axon digital drawings. The axon shows the process of creating my joint. My joint was a slab of concrete created in a mold to represent the texture of the inside of my structure.

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Above are the elevations and sections in digital. The left column is the East elevation and section and the right column is the South elevation and section.

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Above shows a detail of the opening that faces southeast.

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Above is a an image of the inside of my model. It shows a space within a space.

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Museum of Architecture

For this project I am designing a museum of architecture to go in a specific site in Charlotte, NC. The museum has to have specific programs within the museum and have 30,000SF total.

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Above is a site analysis of an area in Charlotte, NC. I focused on traffice movement throughout the study area.

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Physical Elements

Announcement

Entry

Arrival

Link to Place

Place

Place Within Place

Departure

Exit

Outlet

Link to Exit

Above shows a path taken to and from the center of the city of Charlotte, NC and my site shown in the site analysis.

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Place (Exit)


Physical Qualities

Level Change

Significant Detail

Tension

Visual Venturi

Massing 1

Massing 2

Massing 3

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Massing Studies

Above shows some details taken from Charlotte,NC and below shows how some of the forms created would fit into the site.

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Second Year Architecture Undergraduate work

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