Jan '07 - Jun '07
First, disambiguate: This blogging is the result of an accumulated effort between four m.arch2 students here at ucla. TADS is an acronym for our first names: jTravis, Aaron, David and Scott. Each post should end in an initialing to let the audience know who's voice is in action. Right. So, I am going to shoot through one of my personal favorite ucla driven projects: Superficial Superglow. I should say, that super-super combination gets tossed around so much as a joke, super this and super that, the term has unfortunately lost some of its creativity and luster. The course was taught by David Erdman. M.Arch2 students start with an abbreviated summer quarter. During this time, the eleven of us get the building and its resources to ourselves. It is nice. But more importantly, it gives sufficient time to get caught up to speed on the inner workings of the facilities and the languages and techniques of digital fabrication technologies and methods. As the title implies, the course centers around this idea of glowing architectural skins. These surfaces communicate information, have multiple personalities and take on certain bioilluminescent[sp?] qualities when experienced spatially. Okay, groups of two. My teammate: Jono. We decided to go down the road of vacuum forming and cnc milling. The design starts with a minimal surface based from a fundamental region. The morphology of this surface is then manipulated along certain design influences: lighting, wiring, aggregation, etc. This project attempts to internalize experience and externalize preconceived impressions. In this way, the “outside” of the surfaces tell a story of organization, equity and foreshadows an alternate experience. The inside is characterized by performance. The lighting is all focused internally. This creates an object that glows from the inside. Additionally, a glimpse of the inside results in a true sense of space, almost as if there is no end to the perspective. The plastic has been formed around the diodes, creating small warts that populate the surface. The wiring is done similarly. I think this gets at the dual personalities of the project when compared with the smoothness of the opposite side. This project was the first to kind of open up this new door of possibilities... which definitely can be found in other projects I will eventually post, and certainly will subsist and mature in future projects. For me, this is very exciting.