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Hello WeWantToLearn community. We’re going to Burning Man in less than a month!

Our project this year will be a physical manifestation of our collective dreams and is called Tangential Dreams.  It is a seven meters high temporary timber tower displaying inspiring messages from around the world, written on a multitude of swirling “tangents”.

We need your help to realise our project! There is only three days left to collect the missing £5,000 on our crowdfunding campaign to finance the many expenses associated with the creation of such an ambitious project.

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The project is a climbable sinuous tower made from off-the-shelf timber and digitally designed via algorithmic rules. One thousand “tangent” and light wooden pieces, stenciled with inspiring sentences, are strongly held in position by a helicoid sub-structure rotating along a central spine which also forms a safe staircase to climb on. Each one of the poetic branches faces a different angle, based on the tangent vectors of a sweeping sine curve. In line with this year’s theme, the piece is reminiscent of Leonardo’s Vitruvian man’s movement, helicoid inventions such as the “aerial screw” helicopter and Chambord castle helicoid staircase as well as his deep, systematic, understanding of the rules behind form to create art. From a wave to a flame all the way to a giant desert cactus, the complex simplicity of the art piece will trigger many interpretations, many dreams.

The art piece attempts to maximize an inexpensive material by using the output of an algorithm – (the value of the piece being the mathematics behind it, as well as the experience, not the materials being used). The computer outputs information to locate the column, sub-structure and tangents.  We believe digital tools in design are giving rise to a new Renaissance, in which highly sophisticated designs, mimicking natural processes by integrating structural and environmental feedback, can be achieved at a very low cost. We worked very closely with our structural engineer format, sharing our algorithms, to give structural integrity to the piece and resist the strong climbing and wind loads. There are now three “legs” to our proposal, each rotated from each other at 60 degrees angles around a central solid spine, to ensure the stability of the piece, similarly to a tripod. The tangents are not just a decoration, they act as a spiky balustrade to prevent people from falling.

We have a fantastic team for the project:  Philip Olivier, Eira Mooney, Maialen Calleja, Aaron Porterfield, Sebastian Morales, Antony Dobrzensky, Laura Nica, Karina Pitis, Hamish Macpherson, Jon Goodbun, Yannick Yamanga, Matthew Springer ,Josh NG ,Lola Chaine, Dror BenHay, Peter Wang, Charlotte Chambers, Michael DiCarlo, Sandy Kwan.

 

We want our structure to have an intangible aspect, a magical side, one that is beyond matter and geometry. We want to connect our art with every each of you and make you part of our own BIG DREAM, building Tangential Dreams.

We want our structure to have an intangible aspect, a magical side, one that is beyond matter and geometry. We want to connect our art with every each of you and make you part of our own BIG DREAM, building Tangential Dreams.

 

We use physical modelling as a way to understand how the pieces fit together, the best assembly sequence as well as the structural integrity of the project. It takes time, material, money to create a truly original project.

We use physical modelling as a way to understand how the pieces fit together, the best assembly sequence as well as the structural integrity of the project. It takes time, material, money to create a truly original project.

 

Gif Animation of the assembly process. the project will take two weeks to pre-cut and assemble together with volunteers. We need your help for all the expenses.

Gif Animation of the assembly process. the project will take two weeks to pre-cut and assemble together with volunteers. We need your help for all the expenses.

 

 

Exciting rewards to thank you for your supports! from top left to bottom right: Pendants, Earrings, T-Shirts, Tangents, Vase, Ceiling Panels, 3D Printed Smoke Stool, Full Physical Model.

Exciting rewards to thank you for your supports! from top left to bottom right: Pendants, Earrings, T-Shirts, Tangents, Vase, Ceiling Panels, 3D Printed Smoke Stool, Full Physical Model.

 

 

The petal has long been a surround for the reproductive parts of the flower, its varied forms and designs attract numerous species of animals and insects, enabling its existence to grow and spread. As a result, the petal will not only encounter pollen of its own species, but also that of many differing plants.

Taking people as the pollen. This caravanserai will attract people both day and night, providing a space for play and discussion, encouraging communication, observation and interaction.1.1 model an aerial planThe Petal Hypothesis sits expressively within its setting. Exposing the raw structure of the plywood ‘petals by day and revealing the elaborate display of the EL wires by night.

Configured in a circular array, each ‘petal’ is construct from just two ‘pods’ which in themself only take 1 sheet of plywood to construct. Connected together to generate one ‘2d’ curve, the end points then bend around to complete the monocoque structure.

These pods are then mirrored to generate the ‘petal’ form and anchored to the ground. The act of fixing the extreme widths and mirroring the pods minimises the natural flex within the ‘pod’ and enables it to be a strong physical structure.

In place of the EL wires, a cloth stress skin has been incorporated to the top tier of petals. This not only provides shading during the day but also absorbs the light from the EL wires and distributes it across the whole surface.sequential diagrams

The Petal Hypothesis 1:20 ModelInteractivity:

Observe – Sit around and within the ‘petals’ to observe the activities at its centre.

Inhabit – Climb the structure and occupy one of the many vantage points within the ‘petals’

Connect – Share memories and congregate either on mass at its centre or privately within the petals

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So that’s it we have finished the parametric models for Shipwreck and Fractal Cult and that’s how they look:

Shipwreck's parametric model on Grasshopper by Chris Ingram and Arthur Mamou-Mani

Shipwreck’s parametric model on Grasshopper by Chris Ingram and Arthur Mamou-Mani

Fractal Cult's parametric model on Grasshopper by Dan Dodds

Fractal Cult’s parametric model Grasshopper by Dan Dodds

So what do these weird drawings produce? Well have a look at the shipwreck – All of it can vary, from the amount of ribs to their depth – Last thing to do: unfold everything for fabrication.

Shipwreck's 3D model Close-up

Shipwreck’s 3D model Close-up

Shipwreck's 3D model Close-up

Shipwreck’s 3D model Close-up

Shipwreck's 3D model Back View

Shipwreck’s 3D model Back View

Shipwreck's 3D model Back View

Shipwreck’s 3D model Back View

Shipwreck's 3D model Side View

Shipwreck’s 3D model Side View

Shipwreck's 3D model Front View

Shipwreck’s 3D model Front View

And here is the Fractal Cult –

130627 Fractal Cult with thickness and bolt holes - internal

Interior View with the location of the bolts

130627 Fractal Cult with thickness and bolt holes x3

Different versions with different hinges

130627 Fractal Cult with thickness and bolt holes

Plan View with bolts

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After a long day of work with Chris Ingram, Dan Dodds and Thanasis Korras yesterday, we have nearly finished 3D modelling the two projects. The Fractal Cult was redrawn using rules defined by the hinge connection suggested by Ramboll. There are 5 different types of piece that make up each of the four fractal cults. Extracts from the rules as specified by Dan Dodds and Thanasis Korras:

  • The Acute angles on all triangles all have bolt holes with an offset of 32mm
  • The Obstuse angles all have bolt holes with an offset of 22mm

For each Fractal Cult pods:

  • 12x   Large AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]       : Side length 1241mm
  • 18x   Medium AOO [Acute,Obtuse,Obtuse] : Side length 608mm
  • 9x     Medium AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]   : Side length 591mm
  • 54x   Small AOO [Acute,Obtuse,Obtuse]      : Side length 283mm
  • 108x Small AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]        : Side length 266mm

See iimages below:

View of the 3D model of Fractal Cult

View of the 3D model of Fractal Cult

Offset Ply Model on Grasshopper by Dan Dodds

Offset Ply Model on Grasshopper by Dan Dodds

CNC Layout for Quote - Fractal Cult - Dan Dodds

CNC Layout for Quote – Fractal Cult – Dan Dodds

Hinge specification defining the rules for the parametric model

Hinge specification defining the rules for the parametric model

The Module being repeated for the 3d model with hinges

The Module being repeated for the 3d model with hinges by Thanasis Korras

View of the hinges in the module

View of the hinges in the module by Thanasis Korras

Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras

Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras

Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras

Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras

The Shipwreck now has more support on the ground which will help with the cantilever. The supports being more pronounced, we used this as an opportunity to create a bench. We are planning to finish the fabrication files this afternoon. We are still missing some notches, thickness as well as labelling and unrolling all the pieces.

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck ribs and spines

Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Aerial View - Showing the new bench

Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Aerial View – Showing the new bench

Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Side View

Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Side View

Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Front View

Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Front View

Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Back View

Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Back View

Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Back View

Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Back View

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Little summary of our productive day at Westminster with Chris Ingram and Georgia Collard-Watson: We produced a 1:1 physical model of the wood laminate technique recommended by Ramboll (drawing shown in previous post). We will us this technique to form the twisting longitudinal spines on our building.

The openings on the back ribs are now defined parametrically by a sine curve and unroll with the strips for fabrication.We tested couple options and are happy with the one shown below which breaks the direction of the strips.

Working on the parametric model with Chris Ingram at Westminster University

Working on the parametric model with Chris Ingram at Westminster University

Georgia Collard-Watson with the 1:1 laminate prototype

Georgia Collard-Watson with the 1:1 laminate prototype

Chris Ingram testing the bendiness of the laminate structure

Chris Ingram testing the bendiness of the laminate structure

Testing the notches

Testing the notches

Resolving Shipwreck's structure - Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck’s structure – Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck's structure - Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Resolving Shipwreck’s structure – Working on the interface between back stripes and vertical ribs.

Modelling the ribs and notches - We are currently adapting the ribs and spine to add strength.

Modelling the ribs and notches – We are currently adapting the ribs and spine to add strength.

The Sine curve Interface controlling the back strips openings on Grasshopper

The Sine curve Interface controlling the back strips openings on Grasshopper

The back strips openings

The back strips openings