Seeyond System – Scalable Fabrication


Seeyondâ„¢ is a culmination of digital accessible software and fabrication driven process for creating scalable interior surfaces that originate from parametric and generative digital roots.

These are essential ruled surface cells that can be stacked and in an emergent manner so that each module is a self supporting system. I think this is the first steps towards a realization of digitally borne forms from digital design processes into the real world. As for further steps, I would like to see more structural expression of the modules. It is a different aesthetic as it stands now as the surface is what is featured rather than the modules themselves.

The modules can be used to created non-loadbearing walls, wall-mounted structures, ceiling clouds, column wraps and enclosures.

You use their design tool which can be accessed on an iPad which provides a proprietary parametric path to selecting a feature type, size, shape, the tessellation of the form and other effects. The tessellation of the form allows for differentiated patterns that relate to the actual structural assembly of the design. The iPad app is not released at this time. A review of that technology for adaptation in a design process will be available once released.

The design tool provides structural analysis, material, hardware, and manufacturing requirements and adjusts these parametrically to fit the design.

From there it is to the fabrication path where material is cut, folded into modules requiring no tools or hardware to put it all together.

Material options are corrugated paper board, chipboard, aluminum, light gauge steel and resin sheet goods.

The initial material option is cellular resin which is made form recyclable plastic in either high-density polyethylene or polypropylene.

Since the modules are self-supporting there is less embodied energy in assembly.

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Visual Permeability Pavilion – NYC


Image appears courtesy of Visual Permeability Pavilion Team

A new pavilion has completed construction on the grounds of Columbia University by Luis Alaron, Aaron Berman, Michael Georgopopulos, Eun Ki Kang, Dayeon Kim, Nicole, Kotsis, Jeeun Grace Lee, Aaron Mark, Hylee Oh, and Steven Sanchez.

The pavilion provides a spatial experience for relaxation, contemplation, and social interaction. The design of the pavilion features slanted wood slats that help to separate zones for privacy and public interaction. The design inspiration is evoked from a single continuous form that unfurls and touches the ground at minimal points.

The project is about 15.5′ long X 7.58′ wide X 6.83′ tall .

I find the design documentation for this structure to be a glimpse of how larger constructions might be composed where design logic and design iteration combine into a single expression and singular language of construction.


Image appears courtesy of Visual Permeability Pavilion Team

See the link that follows for more information about the project including design statement, and images.

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Original citation:
D. (2011, June 14). Visual Permeability Pavilion. CONTEMPORIST. Retrieved June 21, 2011, from http://www.contemporist.com/2011/06/14/visual-permeability-pavilion/

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New Publication: Nine Problems in the Form of a Pavilion

[DRL 10 Pavilion – Computational Design Derived Built Project; Cost $60 USD SF]

“This book recounts the story of the creation of the Pavilion and identifies the key problems encountered during its successful design and realisation. Though grounded in the specific experience of the pavilion, the book argues that these problems are common to broader contemporary design to production workflows and how they are addressed will have a major influence on future architectural pedagogy and practice.”

Dempsey, Alan. “Nine Problems in the Form of a Pavilion.” [C]space – DRL10 Pavilion. 04 Jan. 2011 .

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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
http://www.giselbrecht.at/

Ernst Giselbrecht + Partners. Showroom Kiefer Technic. 11 June 2008. YouTube. 16 August 2009
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