posted by Chris Chalmers
More often than not, new parametric component-based designs rely on custom fabricated pieces for their construction. Their form is allowed to be free-flowing only because the individual pieces vary dimensionally to accommodate. However, the use of re-used or recycled materials often means working with fixed dimensions. Some of my current work involves negotiating free-form designs using either found objects, or stock items which are available only in a finite number of sizes.
This project uses translucent plastic cups, attached to a laser-cut cardboard substructure.
The mockup below was made with actual beer cups from a party (They have been washed).
The corrugated cardboard ribs have attachment clips laser-cut into their profiles.
The cups are also held- together with the plastic clips used in the mockup, which are laser-cut from acrylic sheet.
This project attempts to create surface with variable texture using a fixed module. We began with FOA’s use of moon-shaped pavers in their South East coastal park project because they adapt well to the compound curvature of the surface. Our project uses hexagons in order to accentuate the pattern formed between the tiles as their spacing is varied. As the spacing increases, a second system is introduced between the tiles: small square windows. The idea here is that the tiles could gradually dissapear as their spacing increases, giving way to more glass in an Escher-esque transformation.