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R&Sie/Grasshopper brain-splosion  R&Siehere


Directionality is important.

Especially in important daily flows, like home plumbing.

Here’s an example of a really routine flow, represented in one of our favorite methods.

What happens when you reverse the directionality (because City Sewer Cleaners vacuumed the sewers so vigorously that they forced tons of sewage into your tiny house’s tiny pipes)?

Oh my.  I’ll leave that up to your imagination.   Luckily there is a built in mechanism to save your stuff.

…if not your yard.  Or your neighbors’.

As Bill sez, waste is just energy that lands in the wrong place at the wrong time!

(inside my house)

In conclusion, creating a smaller closed loop for the water/plumbing system might make it more manageable instead of creating a horrifying monster to deal with on a comparably tiny scale.

In conclusion to this class blog effort, I would like to illustrate how systems thinking regarding buildings has permeated my general experience in the world.  This has happened quite a lot at my home recently, where I am alone with my thoughts and my average-construction-studio-apartment.

For example, in looking at the diagrams from Kiel Moe’s article, I recognized an interesting condition that I live with on a daily basis:

all right, this is not exactly true.  My home condition is a little more complicated (stupid):

The placement of the heating unit leads me to spend 99.9-110% of my time at my house in the kitchen area, and also leads to an impossibility of getting up in the morning.

Hypothesis: SYSTEMS CONTROL OUR LIVES (new, right.)

When I look at this dreamy diagram, all I can think of is utilizing the entirity of my house at any given moment.

to be continued… Plumbing and beyond.

Katherine T & I are developing an analytical parametric script as a response to R & Sie‘s use of scripts in projects such as Olzweg.

The current state of the definition and resulting forms are shown below.

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The definition isolates points at different height levels, creating a multilayered path system above flood zones in the city.

In this version of the definition, the neighborhood weaves itself into an upper level path that overtakes the I-10 infrastructure.

Eventually we intend to incorporate parameters that allow the system to connect higher density areas of the city along intense corridors  that  branch onto these smaller neighborhood systems.

Assignment: create a bike-share/bus stop that relies on natural systems
Site: JPJ arena
Problems: no clear bike path connection from JPJ to university, no activity for large swaths of time during the day, high degree of motor vehicle domination (parking lots, fast roads)
Approach: create a series of solar-powered bike stop pavilions that collect energy during the day and act as lamps at night.  Provide security in a under-activated area through lighting.   Provide microclimates through operable shading mechanisms that create nooks of warmth in winter and cross-breezes in the summer.  Seating will  be concrete (warmed by sun in winter, shaded to remain cool during the summer).  Each operable shading device will be covered in solar-powered panels on one side and led night lights on the other.

how one might see the world & the spaces we live in

South light –
a fascination with powerful shadows & geometries.

Gothic cathedrals: the cult of light.  Light as a generator of sacred geometries.  Structure provides for extraordinary transparency.

How do you construct a luminous environment? (Such as the relationship between the strong shaft of light of the oculus vs. the reflected light on the interior of the dome).

Obsession with the fixture

vs. quality of light.

Geometry, gold, candles.  The walls take on a quality where they become a light source.  Play between dimness & sparkle.  Light appears to emanate from the mosaic figures.

Late Modern Architecture: the chapel at Ronchamp echoing byzantine architecture.  Mass & Light: the south wall creates thick cavities, recalling side chapels & ancient medieval castles.  The gradient picks up reflections throughout the day, modeling the wall & space.

Lighting the wall, not the space

Glare vs. Glow

Light investigations – Turrell.  Confusing sensory information through the manipulation of the visual field