Posts Tagged ‘Organicités’

Elaboration of the “proof of concept”

The final mock-up size is about 1.3 by 1.4 m and is maid out of aluminum of 2.2mm. To allow reflection I simply use some plexi glass with a black background. No glue or additional elements is necessary.

It is constructed with two main point of reflection and one point of view. the idea is that if you stand at 3 m from the model you could see 12 times one object and 16 times an other one. The rest of the rotation “noise” is control by an image mapper in grasshopper.

Piraeus “CLH”(X4 and X5)

Here is a summary and a development of my general ideas

General concept, on development.

These fore diagrams show the main idea of opening on two axis. The first one is a condition where all the windows are closed. On the second one, the frame and the window rotate on the X axis. On the third one, only the window rotate on the Z axis and on the last one, both axis are used to create a “diagonal” opening.

Physical model showing those three condition: closed; one axis open; two axis open

Section on two floors showing different condition of openings.

This research is a direct response to the reading of the site and of the Piraeus tower. See the post Esquisse. It is the idea that reflexion is a concept that can: integrate’s the tower frome a close point of view, desintegrates the tower from a midd point of view and generate a symbole from far away: the CLH tower.

Study of the places where the Piraeus tower is visible on three scales

This study is a continuation of a previous post. Click here to understand better the concept of crystallized glass.

The reason why I took some distances from the work of Barkow on the Trutec building is that the close point of view is much more important in the case of this building than it is on the Piraeus port. It seems that fragmented glass is a really good solution on a small hight building. The effect of reflexion is really power full on a small distance but as the Piraeus tower is 10 to 12 floors higher than the rest of the surrounding buildings and because the view on a small scale is not so important, the solution of a one window “rotatable” seems to fit on the concept. The effect of crystallization is the same from a midd point of view.

Another Competition

A new competition was just announced that is also sympathetic with our studio’s aims:

Administered by d3, the competition is entitled “Natural Systems” and is based upon a similar hypothesis as our case study series:

The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.

Registration Deadline: July 5, 2010
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010
Student entries cost USD25.-


Presentation slides

While analysing the lichen’s morphology we found the process of Diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) defined by Leonard M. Sander and Thomas Witten in the year 1981. This algorhythm creates a specific pattern of particles. It starts with a single particle, whose position has to be defined. Each new particle is moving randomly within a given field and joins the already existing particles if it gets close enough.

DLA-simulation from The Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD)

Our translaiten into parametric design

flowchart for the following script

In the two following GIFF-animations you can see the same amount of particles in two different areas. If they are growing in an area of 50×50 the result is much denser than in the one of 100×100.

klick to see the growth of the simulation in a field of 50x50 with 300 paricles

klick to see the growth of the simulation in a field of 100x100 with 300 paricles

klick to see the growth of the simulation in 3D

2D GH definition
VB-component script_2D

3D GH definition
VB-component script_3D

flickr page

So, as Nathaniel emailed us, we have now access to a PRO flickr account, where we can share pictures. We were thinking about adding a maximum of 10 pictures per student. That the collection won’t get too messy, we were thinking about putting each picture into one of the following four sets:

  • piraeus tower
  • ancient buildings
  • urban fabric
  • athens_stuff

In addition to sort the pictures into the sets, you should put your name into the picture’s name and if you wish you can also add a description or/and tags. We already uploaded a selection from our pictures, so the four sets exist already. But of course in future there might be some more sets added for other pictures.
As Stéphane and me are flickr beginners too, these are just some suggestions and please speak up if there is another (better/easier) way.

As Nathaniel mentioned after each use you have to log out from the account, that other can access it!


Case Study Sign-Up

See the brief here.
Students are to work in small groups of 2-3 to present an organic case study. Please sign-up in the comments below.

WIP presentation 10h15-12h00 Friday 12 March

  • Glass sponge
  • Coral

WIP presentations 10h15-12h00 Friday 19 March

  • Lichen
  • Cape sundew

WIP presentations 10h15-12h00 Friday 26 March

  • Sea cucumber
  • Gecko

Piraeus Tower studio launched

This is the online platform for Organicités: Piraeus Tower, an architectural design studio taught by Jeffrey Huang, Trevor Patt, and Nathaniel Zuelzke at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the Spring semester 2010.

If it is your first time at the site, we recommend you see Using the SuperStudio Platform.

The Organicités studios explore the digital generation of architecture using biological paradigms. Asking such questions as:

  • How can the dynamic achieved by these analogies produce sophisticated and contemporary forms empathetic with natural ecology?
  • How can this inbuilt empathy produce formal innovation and ensure performance-oriented architecture attuned with its environment to suggest a redefinition of architectural sustainability?

The site is also part of SuperStudio, a longer-term investigation into the impact of digital technologies and techniques on the studio pedagogy. The SuperStudio platform is composed of a set of web applications giving an overview of activity and collaboration within the atelier.

Previous Organicités and SuperStudio researches can be found in the Past Studios archives to the right.