Thursday 12th December 2013

We just finished our last tutorials of the first term! Congratulations to all the students for the great three months and looking forward to the remaining two terms.

Students completed both briefs (brief01:systems and brief2A:festival) and are starting the case studies of events as part of our last brief (brief2B:realise).

Here are couple pictures of the projects we have seen during the last tutorials. Where do you suggest building the structures over the summer?

Merry Christmas & best wishes for the New Year!!

John Konings's towering gridshell.
John Konings’s towering gridshell.
John Konings's towering gridshell.
John Konings’s towering gridshell.
John Konings's towering gridshell.
John Konings’s towering gridshell.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors.
Andres Jippa's 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory's strange attractors. Construction Component.
Andres Jippa’s 3D prints, driven by Chaos theory’s strange attractors. Construction Component.
Henry Turner's Curved Intersecting Plywood Wave Structure
Henry Turner’s Curved Intersecting Plywood Wave Structure
Ieva Ciocyte's Flame Tower made of Intersecting plywood components
Ieva Ciocyte’s Flame Tower made of Intersecting plywood components
Sarah Shuttleworth's Moebius Strips made of Steel Stars.
Sarah Shuttleworth’s Moebius Strips made of Steel Stars.
William Garforth-Bless' Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre
William Garforth-Bless’ Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre
William Garforth-Bless' Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre
William Garforth-Bless’ Bamboo Hammock Amphitheatre

28th November 2013 Cross-Crit 2

Very enjoyable crit day for DS10 at Westminster University. It was our second cross-crit of the year and students showed their proposal for Brief2A, building an interactive structure for Burning Man or the festival of their choice.

Thank you very much to our helpful crits Harri Lewis (Ramboll RCD our engineers for last year’s Shipwreck and Fractal Cult), Marie-Isabel de Monseignat (Tutor at DRS1 Chelsea College of Art), Dusan Decermic, Anthony Boulanger and Katherine Herron. Here are couple pictures:

Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons
Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons
Jessica Beagleman's Plywood Spiralohedrons
Jessica Beagleman’s Plywood Spiralohedrons
Sarah Shuttleworth's large metal origami model.
Sarah Shuttleworth’s large metal origami model.
Paul Thorpe's Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model
Paul Thorpe’s Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model
Ieva Ciocyte's Burning Euclid Wall
Ieva Ciocyte’s Burning Euclid Wall
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure
Sarah Stell's wind powered animals
Sarah Stell’s wind powered animals
Josh Haywood's beautiful Digital Muqarnas
Josh Haywood’s beautiful Digital Muqarnas
Henry Turner's intersecting plywood wave structure.
Henry Turner’s intersecting plywood wave structure.
Will Garforth-Bless' bamboo and fabric hypars
Will Garforth-Bless’ bamboo and fabric hypars
Lorna Jackson's Spacer Fabric Cloud
Lorna Jackson’s Spacer Fabric Cloud
Charlotte Yates' Origami Roofs
Charlotte Yates’ Origami Roofs
Naomi Danos' Folding roofs.
Naomi Danos’ Folding roofs.
Mark Simpson's mirror diamonds in the desert.
Mark Simpson’s mirror diamonds in the desert.

Updates on Burning Man

Toby and I are happy to introduce our engineers for the Burning Man projects: Harri Lewis and Stephen Melville from Ramboll Computational Design (RCD). We had our first meeting this morning (with Georgia and Thanasis) in our DS10 studio. Couple updates:

We are working on the best construction sequence for the two projects as well as the structural analysis diagrams (defining the size and amount of ground anchors) to receive the first part of the Burning Man grant. We will start booking our plane tickets very soon, DS10 people please make sure to confirm your attendance!!

The Fractal Cult (abstract) will have a thicker sub-structure which will transfer the loads of the cantilevers all the way down to a solid base anchored to the ground. The junctions could be similar to the Trada pavillion by RCD with hinges as well as notches.

For Shipwreck (abstract)we are exploring two options: Sectioning the hull with planar timber sheets or using a series of smaller members that would be laminated directly on fixed “ribs”.

More info very soon.

Harri Lewis and Stephen Melville in the DS10 studio showing an option for the Shipwreck’s curved beams (model by Philip Hurrel).
Stephen Melville and Harri Lewis from Ramboll RCD.
Stephen Melville and Harri Lewis from Ramboll RCD.
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Shipwreck by Georgia-Rose Collard-Watson, the “ribs” holding the strips.
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!

Couple projects from Ramboll Computational Design:

Trada Pavilion RCD Ramboll
Trada Pavilion RCD Ramboll
KREOD by Pavilion Architecture is a reciprocal timber gridshell (with RCD  and Evolute)
KREOD by Pavilion Architecture is a reciprocal timber gridshell (with RCD and Evolute)
Belvedere Tree (a DJ booth for Chromeo in NY)
Belvedere Tree (a DJ booth for Chromeo in NY)

Belvedere Tree in action with Chromeo:

Stephen Melville presenting the Astana Presidential Library facade rationalization  (with BIG)

Stunning Photographs of Burning Man 2011

Scott London, a journalist from California has published on his blog some nice images of Burning Man 2011. Thank you to Rodrigo Medina Garcia, author of DesignPlaygrounds.com  for the link.

Scott’s images are here :http://www.scottlondon.com/photo/burningman2011/ 

Check the pictures until the last one and an interesting description of the event by the journalist will appear: ” It’s no exaggeration to say the Burning Man festival is one of the world’s hippest and most mind-blowing gatherings. It’s not quite an art festival, not quite a desert rave, and not quite a social experiment, but something of all three. Held each summer in the remote Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada, it’s a week-long celebration of free-form creativity and radical self-expression.

Burning Man takes place in a temporary “city” some five miles wide that rises out of the open desert toward summer’s end only to vanish again after the event is over. For a few brief days, the ephemeral metropolis known as Black Rock City ranks among the largest communities in the state of Nevada.”