First developed in 1979 by Dániel Erdély the Spidron is created by recursively dividing a 2-dimensional hexagon into triangles, forming a pattern that consists of one equilateral followed by one isosceles triangle. The resulting form is of six Spidron legs that, when folded along their edges, deform to create a 3-dimensional Spidron.
Initial investigations into the Spidron system using paper resulted in irregular shapes that could not be predicted, and therefore replicated precisely. Progressing onto using rigid materials allowed the system to be broken down into six components, removing unnecessary triangulated fold lines, and developing latch folded Spidron that is precisely the same as that formed parametrically.
This relationship between parametric and physical tests of component based Spidrons in both regular and irregular hexagons, as well as various other equal-sided shapes, has enabled the development of large scale models concluding thus far in a 1:2 scale version being built which will continue to be developed as a pavilion for submission to the Burning Man festival.
In parallel there has been an investigation into the system at a smaller scale allowing for the Spidron nest to be made as one component. In order to achieve the 3-dimensional Spidron form lattice hinges, also known as kerf folds, have been employed. Rigorous testing into the best cutting pattern have resulted in a straight line cutting pattern that allows for bending on multiple axis at once.
Developing this smaller scale system for submission to Buro Happold the intention is to create an arrayed system that is a conglomeration of both regular and irregular spidrons with varying depths and apertures that are able to integrate various display models etc. within.
Kino London is a monthly open-mic style film night set down a dark back ally in Angel, London. It provides an opportunity for budding independent film makers around the city to personally introduce their film and to screen their creations to an audience of other film industry specialists as well as other film makers providing an opportunity for collaboration and networking. Filmmakers register in advance to screen their short at the next event, sight unseen. There are no themes, no pre-selection and no restrictions, other than that films be under 6 minutes, on DVD, and include the Kino London logo at the end, just for our screening.
There are also challenges’ awarded through the form of a film that the audience decide the filmmaker must make and screen at Kino London. This gives an opportunity to willing participants to collaborate, sharing ideas and knowledge with the end result screened at the next event.
The next event will be held at Electrowerkz in Angel on the 4th March from 7:30pm.
Our end of year exhibition opens tomorrow night, 6pm-9pm and will be opened by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council.
You are all welcome to join! You will see our students’ best work.
Department of Architecture
University of Westminster
Thursday 13th June, 6-9pm
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
Tube: Baker Street
This is an Arduino workshop that we are organising at the Google Campus, London, in November 2012 with Simply Rhino. It is a is a five days long initiation to the concept of adaptive structure. After two days of advanced Grasshopper, Processing and Arduino training, we will provide simple physical modeling components as well as actuators and sensors to create responsive structures reacting to movement, light and forces.
Tutors: Gennaro Senatore, Daniel Piker, Ollie Palmer and Arthur Mamou-Mani.
You can register on my website or on by calling Simply Rhino.
Pressing needs for infrastructural modernisation – particularly renewable forms – set against banks’ reduced lending capacity, has created disharmony between the intent and delivery of these projects. The building program creates a ‘marketplace’, marrying 3 principle parties: investors, project mandators, and intermediaries, thereby creating a discursive and transactional environment towards alternative investment models, fostering an emerging market of privately-funded infrastructure, and the delivery of these highly complex projects. Set on the long-disused Bishopsgate Goodsyard on fringes of The City, it is symbolically removed but decidedly still attached to existing infrastructures of the sprawling financial markets. The timber monocoque proposes a new high-rise corporate architecture typology both materially and structurally, particularly in light of the City’s impending expansion.