Nichole Wong Student No: 641830
Measured Drawings 1:5 Measurement of the lantern was inspired by the methods employed by Miralles and Pinos in ‘How to Lay Out a Croissant’. The lantern was photocopied in which an outline is then produced by tracing over the copy. Obvious tangents were traced over using a black pen in order to produce a plan view which showed a wire structure supporting the lantern.
Using methods similar to those found in ‘300 years of industrial design’, an elevation can be obtained by projecting the object on to a plain background and then photogrpahed. Using the elevation as a guide, a section view can then be drawn through observation of the lantern.
The panelling component of the lantern comprised of eight almost elliptical shapes. When unfolded, they do not tesselate.
The overall structure in the lantern’s collapsed state
Upon closer examination of the collapsed form, it can be seen that the paper resembles that of an acordion.
Digital Model Using the Rhino software, I was able to construct a digital model of the lantern. A jpeg file was uploaded on to the Rhino software using the PictureFrame command. A curve was then extrapolated by tracing around the edge of half the lantern. A second curve was then constructed using the Offset tool. To model the lantern three dimensionally, the Revolve command to use in which the traced curve revolved around a central pivot. The wire frame inside the lantern was consutructed using similar methods, using the curve tool. However, its dimensionality was constructed using the Pipe command. While the overall product resembles the form of the lantern, it was difficult to show the wire structure that can be observed from the ouside of the lantern.
Developmental Sketch By seperating the lantern in to its constituent parts, the way in which each contribute to creating volume and space can be better understood. Before seperating the paper panels and the wire strucutre, I had the intention of keeping the wire frame in its original shape but use different materials such as polypropylene or use paper mache to explore how the panels can create space, alter transparency and enclose or expose an area of space. However, it was found that the wire frame is not in fact rigid and lacked a three dimensional structure. In order to describe and explore volume of the lantern, the wire was bent and scrunched to claim ownership of a space. Some of the paper panels were then used to reconstruct the paper paneling effect that was evident in the lantern.
It was found that: 1. Not only can a panel and fold material system produce an enclosed space such as the original lantern, it can create the illusion of an enclosed space but in fact, the overall structure may be very exposed. 2. The paper â€˜panelingâ€™ using smaller pieces gluded side by side can create some emotional effect similar to that of a shelter but again from the external perspective, it is still very open.
Development of Design
Exploring Personal Spaces The reading Peronal Spaces (Sommer) was useful in the exploration of what peronal and individual spaces were. I realised that there is an oppurtunity for my design to not only set the boudaries of where the personal space is (the area beyond which an intruder is unwelcome)
but to also provide indicators as to where the boundary of the individual space is. This is so that an animate object, an approaching person, would be able to interact with the enclosed person at a distance that should be ideally comfortable for both parties.
One aspect I found interesting was the profile and sectioning patterns I considered in exploring personal spaces. Also, I was still interested in the idea of creating an illusion. For example, the subject feeling very enclosed but the second skin is still very ‘open’. This allowed me to develop the shape in this design further in order to heighten the emotional impact on both the wearer and the audience.
The idea for this sketch design arose from the study of patients in a mental hospital mentioned in the reading. It was noted that some people often place objects such as bags or magzines next to them in order to ‘save’ a space and prevent others from positioning themselves near the subject. This serves as a form of ‘warning’ to the intruder
The folding of the panels withing the main structure allows the wearer to control the visibility of onself. This is similar to the idea that some people, as mentioned in the reading, position themselves near a sheltered space such as a fire escape or the edge of a room.
3 Following the first design, the form of the
second skin serves as a warning to intruders. The paneling on the skin allows variation in the visibility and warning level towards to the intruder. As the wearer changes position such as sitting down, the panels protude outwards to warn off intruders, when the wearer is more likely to wish to be left alone.
In this design, it can be seen that from different perspectives, at least one part of the body would be covered or shielded. I have also chosen to have the sectionsto not so much ‘fend off’ the audience but to rather create a distraction.