Critic: Robert Cervellione
Completed: Spring 2013
There can be no doubt that the potential of parametric design techniques is one of the most promising and pervasive developments of our moment in contemporary architectural discourse and production and we will engage it with clarity. At the same time, however, the complexities offered by such parametric techniques demand even greater facility with forms of modeling and with logics of representation. In this course, I created well-constructed parametric models and considered fine-grained representations of those models. These studies provide a strong entry into the contemporary realm of objects, relationships, behaviors and new forms of representation. I started with an ordinary object: a screwdriver. I then modeled the head in rhino, and came up with two forms from the original: skin and structure. For the final representation, I used the “skin” model and applied it to a grasshopper definition that allowed me to aggregate the model in a controlled mathematical way. The final images were produced by layering outputs from rhino, and editing in photoshop.