Ana Rolim

Ana Rolim

New York, NY, US


Parametrizing the sound of the street - SONAR installation

Do the sounds of the street have shape?

The SONAR installation was conceived and built during the 1st Parametric Design Workshop at Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil. Applying mostly Grasshopper and Rhinoceros softwares as design tools, the idea was to capture the lively relationships that take place on “Leisure Street”, the main integration axis in the Campus to where social gatherings, daily conversations and meals converge, bringing these into the Architecture School building, a typical modernist structure punctuated by long boring corridors.

The relationships that take place in the street were interpreted based on the different levels of noise generated throughout its length, which we recorded and converted into 3-dimensional data, later configured as a mesh surface.  Since its opening the installation has been provoking both estrangement and interaction among students and faculty, who have been constantly staring at or touching the structure in search of an unusually fun tactile experience.

Construction materials: 4mm nylon cords, metal hooks, perforated plastic screen, plastic zip ties, red color fabric paint and packaging tape

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Status: Built
Location: Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UNICAP), Recife, Brazil
My Role: Designer and job captain
Additional Credits: Design team: Erica Costa, Diego Pessoa, Rafaela Teixeira, Robson Canuto and Victor Sadenberg