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Ideation Week 2

Tiffany Goh Student Number: 639188 Semester 1/2012 Group 12


Paper Models

1.5 Paper Models

Task 1: The base element of the pattern from 1.1 can be simplified into an ‘X’ shape, which has sides curling inwards, forming openings in on either sides of the intersection. Hence, I used two strips of paper for each ‘X’, sticking them at the middle and applying slight pressure to the sides to create the bent shape. Repetition was used, and each ‘X’ was stuck on to each other at the ends, forming cells of organically shaped openings which resembled the mushroom gill pattern. Every end of one side of the structure was stuck together, forming an overall ‘fan’ shape that allowed compression of the model. Task 2: The emerging form was based on the principle of ‘symmetry’. I repeated the process from task 1 and stuck the endings of the fan alternately to each ending of the second fan. With an unstuck extrusion on either end, an organic, yin-yang dynamic appearance was created.

1.6 Digital Model

1.7 Reading: Pattern Formation

The formation process behind the mushroom gills arise from the autocatalytic chemical processes, in which the formation of the pattern depnds on a positive feedback system; each development of an element stimulates the development of the next element, like branching out trees. Although an exact chemical process of the pattern formation cannot be discerned, it is clear that the pattern formation is due to a mass interaction of each base element of the pattern,; the elements organise themselves and form from the interactions within themselves e.g the particles within cllusters of sand. The overall pattern resembles that of a fractal system, one of the most common pattern formations there are. The transformation of the found pattenr started with extrusion and repetition. The base element of the curve ‘X’ was repeated throughout to form each cell, and extruded to be in 3D formation. Repetition was further applied to the emergin forms model in the form of symmetry, as the initial pattern model was replicated and then mirrored and stuck to the model in a yin-yang sort of dynamc. Extrusion was done in a similar way. The wavy edges of each structural element adhered to the organic nature of the mushroom gill, all in all forming a very organic looking model.

1.8 Analysing

The roof of this church, Kuokkala, boasts a series of uniform diamond shapes, each forming cells of their own. The diamond pattern, although geometrical and rigid, somehow appears organic. This is due to the gentle curvature of the roof’s peak, which balances out the geometric shapes and guides the eye to observe the symmetry each side has of each other. The light cast through each cell is diffused, altogether casting an intricate design on the surface.

Asmacati Shopping Center: Utilizes the macro patterning of leaves to form the roof. Again, diffusion of light through the leaf-shaped based pattern emulates the filtering of sunlight through the canopy of a tree. Scaling and rotation of each base element is used to replicate the scattered placement of leaves amongst themselves, hence enhancing the ‘natural’ experience.

The Suzhou Science and Cultural Centre in China utilizes a layering system of randomly generated polygonic elements to create a facade of intricacy, yet it is a simple design. The entirety of the building is parabolic, again reiterating a natural, organic effect that is inherent in nature-based patterned architecture. The process of pattern creation is a simple matter of rotating each polygon; layering the interconnected polygons on top of each other creates a complex-looking matrix even though the design is fairly simple.

Week 02 assignment