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Sicheng Tong(Chris) - Module â…Ą Student No: 582014 Semester 1/2012 Group 16


My module 2 modeling was created with a custom paneling 3D grid. It epitomises quite good of previous module concept which approach to Chinese traditional lantern appearance. The two core factors that I involved in my design was the soft shape reflect to the natural process of leave falling and the diamond patter inspired from previous lantern model, as the cavity pattern provide a good visual effect for further lantern making. I faced two problems during the process of unrolling my Rihno model. Firstly, my model was unable to unroll regularly to form as flat surface due to NURB surface make up by each individual three dimensional diamond patterns cannot be flattening. Secondly, the link of each single pattern connection with a dot cannot form a continue model.

Adjustment â…

The adjustment I experimented for digitization process have made by using a simple diamond pattern through paneling method. I eventually approach my design combine with the previous concept through a viable way. The simplified new model surface is made by multiple three dimension triangle patterns with custom paneling method. It remains the concept of Chinese lantern as module â…Ąmentioned and the movement of falling leaf as module â… .

Unrolling â…

It is hard to unroll as a whole vertical slice along this model.

There is error occurs when I using unroll surface method in Rhino as cannot unroll regularly as what I selected instead of appear only the first patter I have choose even I select a range of patterns. Bu trying with different ungroup ways. I eventually break my model to eight pieces as front and back site, then unrolled each part in order with label number. By putting the same number together to form more continually unrolling surfaces.

Fabrication â… It is getting crazy when I try to fabricated each small part together as there are thousands of similar triangular pieces. And in somehow, the torsional surfaces cannot be possibly unrolled, due to the interlaced faces may case error by using Rhino.

Adjustment â…Ą

Therefore, I decide use only a part of my digital model which is abandon those torsional parts in order to simplify the process of modeling. The model was made separate as three part from the top to the end without any torsional surfaces. By following previous paneling method with increase surface domain numbers to 40, 60 and 80 from the end part to the top part. The number of spans up to 12 22 and 32 correspondingly. Three dimension triangle patterns are using for the new digital model creation.

According to some of previous experiences, I decide to manually hollow out surface as diamond pattern due to control the variable of holes.

Unrolling â…Ą

As mentioned before, in somehow, error occurs when I unroll my model surface. The expected outcome of unrolling surfaces as following shows is however not happen when I try to do. Measurement of each triangular pattern is base on scale of Rhino with doing manually then creating the following unrolling surface. According to some of previous experiences, I decide to manually hollow out surface of diamond pattern due to control the variable of holes for lantern purpose. Owing to multiple error disturbs unroll and form this digital model. A lot of manual step was made. And the model be divide as three parts as mentioned before. The connection of each part was made manually as well.

Fabrication â…Ą

Fabricated my final model.



While I creating my lantern model, I realsed the diamond pattern appearance in some architectural design. One of the project was a renovation of a Basque Health Department Headquarters in the Spanish city of Bilbao. the building is covered by a distinctive cubist glass double façade. This unique façade eliminates the need for conventional air-conditioning, and reduces air recirculation while significantly reducing street noise. What I found really valuable was the way the architect’s creation with numerous unique views of the city and surrounding landscape from the interior while reflecting shards of the city back out to passers-by.

Reflection Even though I faced a lot of problem to fabricate my model, but I think the biggest challenge for any architects or designers is to translate their designs from the drawing board into reality. In addition, It was vastly easier to shape and manipulate the structures and form of our design in digital form, but it proved to be significantly harder to build a physical model in reality. Furthermore, similar to the way that industrial fabrication with its concepts of standardisation and serial production has influenced modernist architecture, digital fabrication influences contemporary architecture: While standardisation focused on processes of rationalisation of form, masscustomisation as a new paradigm that replaces mass production, addresses non-standard, complex designs based on non-Euclidean geometries. Furthermore, knowledge about the designed object can be incorporated at the level of its connectivity with data stemming not only from its geometry but also from its content and behaviour within an environment. Digitally-driven architecture implies, therefore, on the one hand, digitally designed and fabricated architecture, and on the other hand, it implies architecture controlled and actuated by digital means.

Module 3  

Virtual envrionment