Coloniatecne – Final Install with Interactive Lighting

Photos and Video by Ripon Deleon


Coloniatecne – Progress

Coloniatecne – Day 4

Design Studies Sculpture Studies and Undeveloped Competitions

Posted by Charles Lee.  These are a few images from old studies and projects that I have wanted to share for awhile.  My favorite are the Monumental scale 3d printed sculptures from the BIOS Design Node Series for the city of San Jose.  A Photobioreactor Pavilion also for the same as well as the idea of reused boat sails to create giant windmill sculptures.  Some topological studies.  A concept I played around with for Evolo Skyscraper about re-purposed Oil Rigs that turn into Autonomous community Rigscrapers. A sculpture competition entry for a police station where golden shields form a column to protect the  Pillar of Laws.  There are some Vasari Wind studies for Coloniatechne.  There a sculptural wall proposal for a shortlisted competition at the Denver International Airport. There are some renderings of a residential competition in Dallas that Chris Chalmers and his team submitted a few years ago for Re:Visions. There are some test renders of Canopies for the AIA re:use Canopy using Recycled Newspapers and one with Recycled Magazines.  Mostly it was all a bunch of fun and I thought they made nice images to share.

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Formations Workshop 2011 – Revit Conceptual Tools

California College of the Arts has invited Charles Lee to give a workshop for the yearly set of instructional classes called Formations 2011 .  The workshop will be given with Co-Instructors from Autodesk with a focus on Revit Conceptual Tools.  For more information and to register go to . Here is a version of the photobioreactor sculpture and an ETFE Panel Study generated in Vasari 2011


SJ01- New Conceptual Pavillions

This is new iteration for our ongoing study into ColoniaTechne. The project that was selected to be in the SJ01-2012 art exhibition. In this first study I was thinking that the pavilion could be made out of strands of some inexpensive, durable and fully recyclable material. The members would take the compression and tension like a net or membrane structure. This would have the advantage of being light and hopefully strong.

This was made in grasshopper through the blending of a couple of simple definitions. First there is the surface from curves, then Diagrid from surface and the image sampler, and lastly project to surface. The idea being that the circles represent interactive components on the skin of the pavilion, and that skin and component relationship can be adaptive to differing criteria.


the next test is really geared towards a larger project or venue. Last year Charlie and I got to the final round of a competition for  Denver International Airport. Although we didn’t win (we lost by 1 point!) it started me thinking about larger scale projects with different criteria for aesthetic evaluation. This is a study of a sculptural installation based on the work of Erwin Hauer. The diffuse light qualities and the structural integrity of the overall piece are something pulled from investigations into Hauer’s work. 

Highly Commended in ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize: Migrant Community Center

icon posted by Chris Chalmers

Chris Chalmers and Jason Chang were recently given high commendation for their Migrant Community Center project,  described in more detail in this previous post.


ArtVenture is an international organization supporting human rights through art and design. Here is a description from their website:

“In all societies, the development of the arts has been a sign of culture and light. Yet not all governments provide citizens with the ‘freedom to create’ needed to foster innovation, commerce and prosperity. Some governments harass and impoverish their citizens, steal resources, stifle entrepreneurship and undermine human ingenuity and hope. In these societies, art can play an important role in giving a voice to those who are denied opportunity and resources. The ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize consists of three categories. The main prize is open to individuals or artistic groups in all creative fields including the visual and performance arts, music, crafts, design and literature. The winner of this award will receive US$ 50,000.This is not a typical art prize. It does not simply judge the skill of the artist but rather recognises how the artist has used their work to promote awareness and alert people to the plight of others. The inaugural prize will be a unique and significant award and will be judged by a panel of eminent artists, commentators and human rights experts.”

download a pdf of all the winners here