Yes, it's been a while since I posted. I apologize. I feel like this quarter has been somewhat of a marathon. This quarter's core studio focuses on structure throughout a quarter-long project. It's a bit tough as the pedagogy has been somewhat confusing. Each studio section definitely is approaching the project from different angles so it's been difficult to talk to others outside of your studio section.
In my mind, it seems a bit odd as we begin with a "structural matrix" and apply it to a "bias". That being something of a "serial section", "horizontal", "vertical", or "massing/edge" bias. (Not my words). The program has been vaguely given intentionally so that development of a strong structural scheme is devised as the primary concern. To me it seems a bit weird as you start with a structural matrix, and in the Eisensteinian tradition, transform it based on a programmatic parti. However, the deformation of the structural matrix (essentially a 3d cartesian grid) is supposed to be indexed by our structural system. To me, it seems a little foolhardy to assume a series of transformed connective tissue can be equated to structure, unless you have a firm understanding of the existing structural implications or are working extremely deliberately and keep the direct implications of your design intents upon this "matrix".
Long story short, it's an awkward way to design. I know that a vast majority of the studio has spent the last few weeks scratching their heads trying to get our heads around this thing. Obviously there's a pedagogical intent within the project, but I think it's been diluted enough that it's tough to see what exactly the goals are.
I was using silicone rubber to mold some study models earlier in the project with some degree of success. Really fun stuff that I got at Hasting's Plastics in samo. But it costs a decent amount at $30 a pint. Very clean to work with and not too many fumes. Just is difficult to mix well by hand and it's super super super viscous so it's hard to get a nice even pour.
But in any case, back to studio work. My project proceeds with the usual smattering of chaos, panic, moments of false epiphany utter terror, and exhaustion.
We began the whole quarter with a group project case study. Mine looked at Sejima's Small House which is really quite nice. But there's something about the form that just irks me a bit. Each team presented and we all used the case studies to help inform us about the directions we were going to take with our studio project. I'm looking at Toyo Ito for some inspiration but no pics yet.
By the way:
The superbowl sorta sucked.
I have tons of left over beer in my fridge (who wants one?)
I saw Tony Almeda / Carlos Bernard at Costco.
I thought CTU agents were going to arrest me.
I am really tired.
I have to do my structures homework.
Trying to come up with a nice lasercutting pattern for a custom longboard skateboard. Any ideas (on bamboo veneer)??
Will try to stay on top of the ball in the future.