New Class in Advance Architecture Drawing in Spring 2020

Ruga Ribbon, 2020, by Jiangmei Wu

I’m finally offering an elective class that I have been wanting to teaching in Spring 2020: Advance Architecture Drawing! I will be introducing parametric design to the students in Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design. I’m hoping this class will also attract students from the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. The projects will be ranging from designing small scale objects to large scale installations.

In the recent years, the culture of digital fabrication has heavily influenced the practice of architecture and interior design, as well as design pedagogy. This course aims to
further develop students’ advanced digital design and modeling skills by considering the digital-physical workfl ow in the context of contemporary interior design. The main software will be Rhino and Grasshopper. Rhino is an 3D CAD program that uses NURBS mathematical model to represent curves and free-form surfaces in digital environment. Grasshopper is a visual programming language and environment that works with Rhino, Grasshopper allows you to quickly change fundamental attributes of a complicated model, to make complex formations through repetitions of simple forms, and to use mathematical functions to control or generate shapes. In addition to designing in Rhino and Grasshopper, students will have hands-on experiences with a range of digital fabrication tools such as 3D printer, laser cutter, and digital cutter. Through a combination of exercises and projects, the students will design a set of interior objects, from small-scale lighting and furniture to large-scale interior partitions and surfaces.

Course Objectives:

• To be familiar with the culture of digital fabrication in the context of contemporary
interior design practice
• To understand how algorithm and data can be incorporated into the development
of fundamental design method and digital-physical work fl ow
• To be competent in the development of the fundamental design method including research, critical thinking, reiterative design process, design criticism, design communication
• To learn to incorporate the concept of digital-physical workflow into the development of the fundamental design method
• To learn to integrate algorithm and digital-physical workflow with the development
of the fundamental design method
• To be familiar with the digital fabrication tools such as 3D printer, laser cutter and digital cutter.

Anemoi

The visual forms found in Anemoi Light Art are similar to the soft and swaying body structure of the sea anemone (in Greek, Anemoi means “winds” and Anemone means “daughter of the wind”). It is made of a type of lightweight and non-rigid material and folded and assembled to create a semi-rigid structure. When suspended and illuminated, Anemoi lights sway into ephemeral and gentle patterns of light and shadow, softening their surroundings with pristine, mathematical geometry and rich, natural textures. 

The seed for the form genesis of Anemoi is an origami module. Through an algorithm based design process, this simple module seed is rhythmically repeated in a series of definitions and mathematical functions in the software program Grasshopper so as to create complex assemblies. By changing the mathematical parameters in the algorithmic structure, a myriad of distortions and transformations are generated in order to study the relationship between form, structure, and global flat-foldability.

The main material is a type of tear-free Shoji paper called Hi-tec Kozo, which has a three-layer structure, with eco-friendly polyester film as core and Kozo Washi on both sides.  Kozo Washi is a type of renewable material that is made from the inner bark of Kozo, a type of mulberry tree. Kozo plant grows more than three meters high in a year and can be sustainably harvested each year. 

Boreas

Diameter 38″

High-tec Kozo, plastic, stainless steel, LED


Folded from 128 pieces of High-tec Kozo paper.

LED globe to provide warm and bright light.

This light art is shipped flat.

2016 Niche Awards Winner, Professional, Paper 

Eurus

Diameter 32″

High-tec Kozo, plastic, stainless steel, LED


Folded from 144 pieces of cut High-tec Kozo paper.

LED globe to provide warm and bright light. 

This light art is shipped flat.

2015 LAMP International Lighting Competition Finalist Juror’s Award, Craft Forms 2015, 21st International Juried Exhibition

Notus

Diameter 38″

High-tec Kozo, plastic, stainless steel, LED


Folded from 216 pieces of cut High-tec Kozo paper.

LED globe to provide warm and bright light. 

This light art is shipped flat.

Zephyrus

Diameter 32″

High-tec Kozo, plastic, stainless steel, LED


Folded from 128 pieces of cut High-tec Kozo paper.

LED globe to provide warm and bright light. 

This light art is shipped flat.

2016 Niche Awards Finalist