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Field Notation Fabrication Model

Field Notation Fabrication Model

This model began as a digitally based design expression that has been previously rendered in many incarnations. Finally, the design has been captured in time and phase in the physical world in a rapid prototyped format. Prototyping as a means to construct in the physical world that which has existed virtually. Rapid Prototyping is a highly technological method that uses varying digital process to construct physically via translation of information from a digital model.

The process for fabrication – Selective Laser Sintering
The model material – Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12) Thermoplastic Polymer
Designer and Complex Geometry Parametric Modeler – Tyrone Marshall
Complex Parametric Geometry – Tyrone Marshall
Software – Cinema 4D and Maxwell Render
Fabricator – Shapeways Netherlands
Minimum Dimension – 1mm or 0.04 inch

Design Statement:

Field of Notation

A language of form in adaptation and performance in rhythm to express a mathematical sequence that acts through a continuous movement of light, shade, and shape to inscribe a spatial condition. In a motive design action of object mechanical motion, a digitally based form self-assembles into a cohesive moment from a sequence of animation and computation. The result is a structural signature of continuous movement whereby the sequence is captured in a moment of computational design expression. An expression that seeks to find economy in its suggestion of unitary construction formula which is an assembly of simple constituent parts that gather to form a larger contextual structure. The contextual form is a study in self-organization through the vehicle of computation and component geometry propagation through a three dimensional spatial construct of pure shape. In this construct of spatial signatures there is musical notation and progression of repetition, redundancy, hierarchy and modulation. There is an act of performance. The object is presented in its performance of a virtual simulation of a field. Born from shape, the structural form of simple geometry builds through a sequential path in digital self-assembly to inscribe a special place and suggestion of spatial inhabitation.

I posit an architectural design that considers the temporal condition of change, parametric, and the notion of time seeks to forge a new ingredient of design amongst the already present such as program, space, materials, fabrication, and construction that pose a consideration of advanced architectural design based on temporal and parametric conditions.

The nature of the parametric design produces a multi-variant state of many possibilities produced from sets of rules, limits, or constraints under the influence of time but forged in physical space under the criteria of design selection based upon a particular moment of consideration. One particular moment out of many wherein the differentiating factor is one of modulating frequency, variation, and amplitude of a control surface by design intent.

In essence, the process occurs within the framework of time to pose a temporal and dynamic condition that in a moment describes the continuum of its many states that extend both before and after.

The work presented in this context is the begining of a certain continuum of constraints based on location, program, space, geometry, materials, fabrication, change, adaptation, and modulation of time, position, rate, scale, rotation, order, sequence, and shape signature in advancement of architectural design with investigations in emergent temporal and parametric performance.

The work is a study in the discovery of possible architectural spatial connotations in performance and emergent geometry. The resultant visual experiment is shown in simulation, sections, and its objective format. The work is a continuing sequence and thought towards an Architectural construct based on the language of repetition, geometry, redundancy, structure, shade, light, and shape.

Copyright © 2009 Tyrone Marshall. All Rights Reserved.

Field Notation Fabrication Image

Field Notation Fabrication Image

Field Notation Fabrication Image

Field Notation Fabrication Image

Field Notation Fabrication Image

Previous Versions:
Flood Structure – Click to view


Parametric Facade – Kiefer Technic Showroom

Computational constructs propose the parametric in a virtual sense. It is only when that construct is merged with the physical world that the possibilities of parametric states of architectural design become something of which can be understood.

The facade is a parametric condition of planes that operate within vertical and horizontal states that use an operation of folding towards compression and unfolding towards tension to describe a myriad of positions in between.

A case in point the “Dynamic Facade” better known as the Kiefer Technic Showroom in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria.

Dynamic Facade, 2007
Architect: Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Ernst Giselbrecht + Partners. Showroom Kiefer Technic. 11 June 2008. YouTube. 16 August 2009
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Flux Exhibition – California College of the Arts


A beautiful exhibition has been designed in which sophisticated software and generative design methods construct a live, engaging, changing, and fascinating structure upon which document briefs merge with offset planes consisting of built and unbuilt work from Architects, designers, and artist. The panorama of individuals and firms en masse utilize computational design and digital material fabrication to construct new, unique, and different forms and spatial experiences in Architecture. The exhibition is called “Flux: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape” and is hosted by the California College of the Arts.

The works exhibited comprise 8 categories ranging from titles such as: Stacked Aggregates; Pixelated fields; Serial Iterations; Material Systems; Emergent Environments; Woven Meshes; Cellular Clusters; and Modular Assemblages. The exhibition features work by Gramazio Kohler, Peter Eisenmann, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Reiser +Umemoto, IJP Corporation, Columbia GSAPP, Howeler+Yoon, IJP Corporation, Foster&Partners, Toyo Ito, Aranda Lasch & Danial Bosia, Theverymany, and many more.

The description of the exhibition is stated as an exploration in contemporary Architecture and design that creates a relationship with new design methods based in parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and programming through scripts. The exhibition ran from the end of March 2009 and is currently still in place as of this writing.

The CCA media lab in conjunction with California College of the Arts students have made this exhibition a reality and pleasure to experience. A book from CCA media lab has been mentioned to be in production to illustrate in images and text the projects shown in the exhibition.

I have images below from my personal photography of the exhibition that appear at the top of this reporting and follow in closing.


For more information about this work please see:
m.lab CCA Medialab – Flux Exhibition

Director of Architecture, CCA: Ila Berman
Project Design and Fabrication: Kory Bieg, Andre Caradec, Andrew Kudless
Parametric Design Consultant: Andy Payne
Sponsors: K Bieg Design, Studio Under Manufacture, Solid Thinking

California College of the Arts – Aortic Arc 2009


A rather beautiful light-capture object has been inserted into an atrium space on the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts. The object can be viewed from underneath at the first floor and above from the 2nd floor of the School of Architecture.

The Aortic Arc is a sensual experience work that allows one a glimpse into spaces that might be shaped by computational design whereby geometry and panels work together structurally in the spirit of Frei Otto’s pioneering work in form finding techniques and material systems. The canopy structure as shown in the images takes advantage of its definition and condition through the system of compressive rings and tension cables within a tapestry of lightweight plastic and riveted pin connections to comprise a minimum surface structure.

Mark L. Donohue, Principle of Visible Research Office, states that Buro Happold Consulting Engineers was instrumental in developing the project and helping to give the work its definitive shape and performative structural expression. Buro Happold’s design intention is a process that is in essence an innovation on Frei Otto’s work to bring this kind of investigation into the age of digital fabrication.

The form finding, finite element analysis, and structural design work is by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, PC.

Visible Research Office
Principal: Mark L. Donohue
Project Architect: Americo A Diaz-O
Project Designer: Charles Lee
Project Designer: Chris Chalmers
Component Design & Scripting: Jason Chang
Renderings: Charles Lee

Buro Happold
Principal: Greg Otto
Associate Principal: Gary Lau
Project Engineer, Non-linear Analysis: Tom Reiner
Project Engineer, Non-linear Analysis: Ian Carter
Project Cordinator: Ron Elad
Complex Geometry Modeling: Yukie Hirashima
Technical Designer: Krista Flascha

Software Bentley Microstation Generative Components (Bios – Chris Chalmers & Charles Lee)
Fabrication: CNC Milling @ TechShop in Menlo Park, CA.
Materials: HDPE sheets, pop riveter, aircraft cable, rivets, stainless steel rings

For more information see the following links:
CCA m.lab
Buro Happold
Visible Research Office
photography by Tyrone Marshall


auto morpho-tectonic (automorphotectono)

design expression: upended exogenic tectonic expression
A set translation of field notation whereby the structural configuration is expressed as a time based computation augment of parametric unit geometry propagation and aggregation.

auto morpho-tectonic
The mechanics of auto morphotectonics is the highly computational act of design that is self 
produced, generated, and upended exogenic surface tectonics for an 21st century Architectural 
expression of thenext movement in the formal connotations of the skyscraper.

Copyright © 2011 Tyrone Marshall. All Rights Reserved.