Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fall_2009 Final Submission

A monitor for the city, T.A.R.P. comes and goes as the prisoners do, only releasing when rehabilitation is sure. As a citizen, send your energies toward the good of the community, not toward punishment.

Logistics of growing the communal and support programmatic elements around the individual prisoner cells which show up first.

A cataloging of possible cell calcifications based on the cell's permanence, and the level of security, or relative punishment, required for the prisoner inside. Access to outside communication and internal freedoms are controlled through this method.

Distribution of calcified cells, which the monst enclosed located at the center.

Relationship of cells and inserted 'public' programmatic elements within example possible branch of grown prison.

Sample cluster of cells: at a smaller scale, the cells cluster to make other spaces, in this case, day use zones.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Robotic Fabrication

Collaboration with Brandon Pence and A.T. Bulus

You heard it. Robots. Making. Things. This thing will work as proof of concept for mine and Brandon's studio projects, where the robot can take a thing, say at larger scale, a building, respond to it by taking away material, reforming that material, and specifying it for an alternative use. The final pass will route the patter of the growing buildings coming, living, then eventually shrinking, leaving behind a scar (see studio project description in post "OK it's a tumor. Get in zee choppah")

Friday, November 6, 2009

OK, it's a tumor. Get in the chopper.

Initial visualizations show the nest-like behavior of the formal generating script(s). As the correctional facility needs to expand to accommodate more inmates, it attacks the city for resources. Based on the logic of the Million Dollar Blocks, the aim is to not increase the resource development for increase punishment space, but to cap the allowable resource usage for the city, forcing an expanding prison to root into the existing urban fabric in order to mine for its life support: water, electricity, heat, waste management. It is up to the city to improve the amount/type of attention paid upon its citizens to decrease the number of its criminals, thereby reducing the siphoning committed by a system of punishment, and encouraging devotion of resources to positive human development.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's not a tumauh!

see the initial seedings of the generative growth and lifespan cycle of the expanding prison, T.A.R.P. here:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Learning to script...

Some images to tantalize your imagination of things to come. I should get some pics of the robot in the basement along with the water jet and new routers. Michigan is is just so sweet.

The "normal" tree from the branching script

Change to an extreme angle to wrap over itself

This one was referencing the origin for the vector rotation and made this sweet ghost shape
I tried rotating in 2 different axes to make a 3d tree

another sweet example of two axes of rotation

Thursday, June 4, 2009


_collabo with Chris Drinkwater, Rob Kernahan

It's a tetrahedron. Made of concrete. I know what you're thinking - who is big enough to play jacks with a bunch of concrete game pieces? Buzzword for the day = aggregation. It means taking one piece and repeating it over and over and over and... When all connected the pieces create one large hexagonal space frame. The discussion that came about when reviewing the piece involved (2) main topics:
.1 scale
.2 connection

Initially thought of as a brick-like scale, so that one laborer without any particular special skills could assemble multiple pieces to create, well, space, we thought we were casting at a 1:1 scale. The conversation with reviewers brought up another idea: could the scale be enlarged, so that the weight and effort in producing the concrete would begin to make sense, and although cranes would be needed to move pieces, the spaces 'under' them would be much larger. The next step would take advantage of digital fabrication and produce a built-in connection for cladding materials to actually enclose a room or two.

When designing the joint between peices, we were concerned with the function of that joint - it has to allow multiple pieces to span x distance - which meant it has to pull each piece together, tightly, as to act as one. The solution was a tapered joint which creates a natural pull effect - the problem it created was that the area of highest stress accross the piece now has the thinnest amount of material. Not so good.

So this is why and the function of the object. See a later post for the manufacturing process that took place.

You saw it here first!

Marc and Colleen Pana Residence, 2008/9:

_collaboration with Dan Swingendorf

.aim: expand current residence to better accomodate family of 7+ for dining, lounging, and keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood

.proceedure: elegance and simplicity on the exterior, creating cues to applying to the exisitng home, variety of spaces on the interior where simple moves make for a constant opportunity to explore for every individual in the family

.1 make (1) box
.2 jam second box into first box
.3 expand planks for monitoring the territory
.4 cover some cars while you're at it