Project in Progress: The proposed artwork is greater than a single piece of art, it represents an “artscape”, a combination of artwork and landscape providing visual clarity to the FSCC’s mandate, in keeping with its commitment to community safety, to its scientific activities and embodied organizations.
Investigation into aluminum composite materials (ACM), computational methods and cnc and robotic technologies. The computational model facilitates the extraction and remapping of RGB values into degrees of rotation. This results in the generation of robot code thus instructing the robotic arm to rotate each tab to a specific positon in order to give rise to the imagery. Prototype in progress.
Investigation into Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyester Resin (FRP) requiring the development of positive molds (high density foam) via computer numerically controlled (CNC) technologies and the translation of these molds into FRP prototypes.
Exploration into the limitations of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) via both simulation environments (finite element analysis) and physical prototyping. This informed the design of each panel including the optimal material thickness, the logics of assembly, the connection detail, and the stresses and deflections.
Investigation into motion graphics software and algorithmic sequences as a generative tool in the development of architectural interventions. Required an integrated design approach where the material behavior of FRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyester Resin), computational processes and fabrication logistics were set as key drivers in the design process.
Manufacturing material effects is a continuation of the research we conducted throughout our winning competition entry “Machining the Past”. We continue the exploration into material characteristics (density, machinability, light transmission, etc.) in an attempt to enhance these properties through advanced fabrication processes and scripted CNC tooling protocols.
The research into polymers and SMPs required injection molding processes which was facilitated through the development of CNC-milled aluminum molds. The mold consisted of two main parts: the cavity and the core. The core formed the main internal surfaces of the module whereas the cavity formed the external surfaces. This two-plate mold is separated via a parting line designed to minimize any undercuts that would potentially hinder or prevent easy part removal. Several tooling features were tested throughout the mold-making process including sprue locations, gates and snap-fit elements.
This research continues the investigation into SMPs. While previous experiments examined SMPs ability to actuate a self-standing structure, this research begins an investigation into the morphological behavior of SMPs towards kinetic and responsive envelope systems, through the development of a dynamic aperture programmed to respond to environmental conditions in order to optimize thermal performance.
An exploration into the use of SMPs through the development of a dynamic actuator that links a series of interconnected panels creating overall form to a self-standing structure. The shape-shifting behavior of the SMP allows the dynamic actuator to become flexible when storage and transportability are required. Alternatively, when exposed to the appropriate temperature range, the actuator is capable of returning to its memorized state for on-site deployment. Through a series of prototypes, this research provides a fundamental understanding of the SMP’s thermo-mechanical properties toward deployable, adaptive architecture.
Floret is a geometric, biologically-inspired artwork composed of three-dimensional thermochromic self-similar modules stitched together to create a tapestry of multiple patterns and varied hues. The floral images and shifting ‘root’ structures that emerge out of a kind of warp and weft echo the living wall and stand in communion rather than in competition. Floret cuts a distinct figure on the hearth wall while maintaining an understated presence within the space.
The colours of the thermochromic root structure change according to the amount of heat and sunlight in the lobby space to ensure a different ending to the story at each telling. This dynamic geometric tapestry changes and ‘lives’ just the same as the living wall opposite the lobby space to produce a communicative narrative about life at Kipling Acres.
Pausis is a meditation on an extended pause. More condition than state, pausis explores the condition of wall and roof by way of bounded trajectories. Fabric surfaces move along lines traced through different moments of a rotational and upwards translational dialogue between wall and roof. This conversation of conditions allows wall and roof to shift identities as they explore their shared parameter space. Tangential relationships describe conditions of exposure, intersections suggest enclosure. The condition of roof is fully formed through action: a surface becomes roof when it is filled with foliage, or schache.
A pause is usually defined by duration, a length. The sukkah extends the parameters of the pause and amplifies it in spatial terms. This is pausis: its identity is found within the brea(d)th of a pause.
Our proposal begins with the idea of an abstracted vessel represented in sculptural form and then extends this notion to a transitory experience of place. The shape and form of the installation is evocative of the mast of a ship as it enters the harbour under a blanket of mist. These two concepts, ‘mast’ and ‘mist’, are distilled to their essential characteristics, manifested as a translucent architectural fabric sweeping upwards and over the skating island that is partially veiled by a digitally-patterned series of vertically mounted reflective ribs twisted to reveal and conceal the ‘mast’ depending on one’s position in relation to the central island. The reflective, polished finish of the aluminum ribs mirrors the surroundings of the skating rink, amplifying through reflection the activities of the public space.
The artwork is an outdoor vertically-mounted, CNC-derived concrete surface that is representative of the Métis nation. Two species of wood, one local and one foreign, are used together to develop a distinct set of molds, rich in texture and grain, that undergo an iterative series of operations as part of a generative strategy based on the surface qualities of river water in different conditions.
A series of preliminary experiments conducted throughout the development of our biologically-inspired artwork proposal. An exploration into generative design strategies implemented through python scripting. Considering the application of injection molding processes which requires the use CNC-milled aluminum molds, the intent was to develop identical polymer modules that would aggregate to create differentiated systems based on an interchanging set of connection rules.
Florette is a delicate geometric mesh made of self-similar geometric modules joined together in lacework fashion, stretching out into space to selectively veil and reveal the living wall. Each module is made of an injection-molded plastic tinted with a thermochromic resin that responds to heat and daylight. The mesh veil is in a constant state of tension, pulled between the main lobby space and the living wall. The meshwork will change colours and ‘bloom’ at different times of the day depending on the temperature within the space and how much sunlight the living wall receives.
A preliminary investigation into the production of bioplastics, a material completely derived from renewable biomass resources. The polymer was embedded into a sheet of baltic birch allowing the grain and texture of the wood to permeate through the surface. This body of work begins to investigate the development of [bio]polymer-driven composite materials.
(Collaboration with Denegri Bessai Studio) Citation Award
The project proposes a pavilion structure as a space of sensory effect and spectacle, linking disparate ends of the large park and creating a natural community space in the centre of the sprawl.
Exploration into responsive systems where activated apertures and flexible hinges respond to stimuli by slowly opening and closing, impelling air across its plastic membrane and filtering light through its surface. This research begins to examine notions behind collective intelligence through the development of an interconnected system that begins to investigate component-to-component relationships. Each node has a degree of influence on its neighbor, thus contributing to the transformation of the system as a whole.
Body of research that reaches beyond technological facilitation across concept, computation, material and manifestation. Series of prototypes developed throughout our project entitled “Excelaura” which begins to investigate a thematic narrative around “imagery” articulated through the exploration into material characteristics and advanced fabrication processes.