Wednesday, December 09, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (3)

LYON (FRANCE)| nEdg| Galerie Roger Tator | 090907
THEVERYMANY (Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks)
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 27 November (extended...)

"n|Edg" as the sum of its parts:
2 compound surfaces
2796 individual surfaces (from 3 to n edges)
5375 holes

n|Edg” assembly is written within continuous series of investigations at different scale:

- the overall: development of protocols of surface relaxation - in order for the surface to generate best fit curvature in response to fix hanging or support points (floor, ceiling, walls) as curvature - despite generating apparent complexity - also provides natural structural stiffness.

- surface description (or sampling): re-understanding the resultant surface as series of points - which densities are relative to the degree of curvature – the more curvature the more points and eventually parts.

- surface reconstruction (or tessellation): previous work focused on describing complex surfaces with flat components – after working for different “high end” architectural and design practices - the only way to keep pushing non standard environments is to introduce the economy of parts as part of the equation – therefore early tests were first looking at ways to triangulate complex surfaces – and therefore strategize on panels cut within flat sheets of material – which very quickly evolved toward what is now the trendy “arrays of quads” components paradigm. “n|Edg” is now investigating the reconstruction of a surface with polygonal parts going from three edges to (n) number of edges.

- informed customization: each part is similar though not identical – its change of size and proportion is therefore allows to describe different radius of curvature – but also local re-reading of orientation is driving the length and width of branches – the flatter, the wider in order to provide more surface alike coverage.

top surface reconstruction

bottom surface reconstruction

pattern extract

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (assembly) (2)

LYON (FRANCE) | nEdg | Galerie Roger Tator | 090907
THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 27 November

Few night shots...
(timing: end of assembly - before final surface twicks)


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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (assembly) (1)

LYON (France) | nEdg | Galerie Roger Tator 090907
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 13 November

While waiting for a screws delivery for a new installation (due to open tomorrow!) I have finally few minutes to start posting images from that one...

4 suitaces (flying from New York to Lyon)
81.6kg (max weight allowed for two people + tolerances)
38.274 m2
0.025” thick Golden Anodized Aluminum
22 sheets 4’*8’
6 days to CNC cut
2796 individual panels (from 2 to n edges)
2796 tags (3 to 5digits)
5375 holes
6500 rivets (or 13 boxes)
5 rivet guns

10 days installation
10 people


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Friday, October 02, 2009

091001_@_Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (proposal) (2)

LYON (France) | n|Edg | Galerie Roger Tator 091409
(invited as part of the "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)

Few more images sent as part of an early proposal:
OPT01 | “Up Down” | inverted terrain

OPT02 | “Ground up” | inflated morphology

Early tests of "surface reconstruction":

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

090925_at_Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (proposal)

LYON (France) | n|Edg | Galerie Roger Tator 091409
(invited as part of the "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)

Despite the installation has already open - I am somehow forced to respect the linear story telling of the blog format - so here are the very first images sent as proposal to the Galerie Roger Tator...

Here the focus of the research was to investigate the tessellation of a double curve surface beyond triangle and arrays of quad - is it possible to generate parts going from three sides to n number of sides?

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

090906_TVM @ Gallery Roger Tator (France)

n|Edg | Gallery Roger Tator | Lyon (France) | September 2009
THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt
Opening: Monday, September 14th


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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

070806_Tesselation: Flat Panels On Nurbs Surface

Updates an on going research within the studio on how to create a taylor ornementation pattern onto an host nurbs surface with flat panels which are not triangulated - in that option specific option the panels are connected "air tight" (within one specific condition of double curvature only).

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007


("tests render with VRay for rhino")
Some sort of panels "stability" mapping based on the number of connexions for each panels toits neighbours:
- GREEN: connexion to at least three neighbours
- YELLOW: connexion to two neighbours
- RED: connexion to one single neighbour

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


FITNESS CRITERIA is probably where - within any morphogenetic or form finding processes - "subjectivity" is the most "exposed"... recent trends are pushing back towards the return of SUSTAINABILITY as the latest alibi for form: data set extracted from environmental analysis software package are directly - or yet still often via old school Excel sheets - feeding back parametric models... or facades aperature systems are designed according to optimization after to arrays of vectors simulating precise rays of light, etc... fair enough as far as sustainability is probably the most current anti-polemic marketing tool whenever politic is involved... though more worrying in certain case where it becomes an other escapism root to the designer responsability of decision making...

"PROBLEM CARING" as design tool versus "PROBLEM SOLVING" as optimization tool...

As any young practice interested in "depth-less spaces" by introducing continuity of surfaces - most often resulting in "complex shapes/forms/ornementations/etc... - I've very early on been introduced to VALUE ENGINEERING and like any constraints V.E. can be turned at your advantage in terms of design tool: planar within curved?

"In computer science, COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY is the study of algorithms to solve problems stated in terms of geometry." (ie Wikipedia)

Displayed is a further study in progress onto TESSELATION of double curved nurbs surfaces with FLAT components (without calling triangulation).
Here the most important design hypothesis was for the component to be non homogenous and therefore shouldn't have the same number of verticies: from 3 to 7-8... also the emergent propriety of the used algorythm is to avoid any sharp angle (cost control + tolerance issue)
also the assembly is yet mot packed - and therefore not air tight - all the the component are within a certain tolerance non overlapping.

Assemblies (step 001): within non linear algorythm - resulting here in non ordered systems - intersection points can be used as sampling test for tangencies:
IF a point is shared by the boundaries of two panels THEN they are neighbours...

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