System Development: Spidron

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.

Spidron Nest

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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.

Spidron System_Three SPidrons_Lorna Jackson

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.

1st May 2014 Tutorials

Our studio is back after a month of holidays. Here are couple pictures from our tutorials today. Impressive progress from our students including a 3D printed potato-based fractal civilization (Andrei Jipa), a series of recursive bamboo structures for the Durga Puja festival (Dhiren Patel), an origami roof for the fashion week (Charlotte Yates), a spiky eco-retreat to meet the Sami people (Natasha Coutts), a temple for the Burning Man festival made of reciprocal plywood components (Joe Leach), a hypar tower for the Damyang Bamboo festival (William Garforth-Bless), a Pop-Up book drop pavilion (Ieva Ciocyte), a surreal Dali Museum in the Park (Lorna Jackson), a promenade concert in Hyde Park (Sarah Shuttleworth) and many more… We are so excited by the diversity of projects this year and the clear continuity between our brief2A and brief2B. Looking forward to the final crit on Thursday 15th May!

Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja
Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park
Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park
William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower
William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower

 

17th October 2013 Tutorials

Another wonderful Thursday! Here are some pictures of the day. Keep it up guys, beautiful work.

Andrei Jippa's RepRap 3d printed radiolarias with digital model
Andrei Jipa’s RepRap 3d printed radiolarias with digital model
Andrei Jippa's 3d printed radiolarias with some variations of one type.
Andrei Jipa’s RepRap 3d printed radiolarias with some variations of one type.
Lorna Jackson's beautiful catenary and puffy fabric Roofs
Lorna Jackson’s beautiful catenary and puffy fabric Roofs
Paul Thorpe's innovative reciprocal frame
Joe Leach’s innovative reciprocal frame
Garis Lu's diagrams of the standing waves using physics in the computer.
Garis Iu’s diagrams of the standing waves using physics in the computer.
Charloote Yates' Muira Ori Pattern Origami
Charloote Yates’ Muira Ori Pattern Origami
Henry Turner's laser cut See Urchin Skin
Henry Turner’s laser cut See Urchin Skin
Sarah Shuttleworth's Hankin-Inspired Perspex Models
Sarah Shuttleworth’s Hankin-Inspired Perspex Models

M.I.T. Classes by Prof. Erik Demaine

Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra is a wonderful class by Prof. Erik Demaine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is fully documented on the http://courses.csail.mit.edu website of the MIT with course notes and video. Here is a list of all his classes: http://erikdemaine.org/classes/

Erik Demaine

Other classes include Advanced Data Structures:

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Introduction to Algorithms:

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3rd October 2013 Tutorials

Back in our studio and excited to see how students are tackling the brief this year. Here are some pictures showing the different systems that students chose for brief01 and some of the models that are already being produced.

DS10 studio all buzzing
DS10 studio all buzzing
Andrei Jippa is 3D printing radiolarias with his RepRap
Andrei Jippa is 3D printing radiolarias with his RepRap
String vibration experiments by Garis Lu
String vibration experiments by Garis Iu
Henry Turner looking at microscopic images of sea urchins
Henry Turner looking at microscopic images of sea urchins
Origami Folding from Sarah Shuttleworth
Origami Folding from Sarah Shuttleworth
John Konings looking at bamboo structures
John Konings looking at bamboo structures

OPEN2013 Westminster End of Year Show

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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
OPEN2013

PREVIEW:
Thursday 13th June, 6-9pm

University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5LS

Tube: Baker Street

 

Final Crit – Thursday 16th May

It was DS10’s Final crit yesterday which concludes our BRIEF03:TEMPLE. Wonderful day with a wide spectrum of temples showing the concerns and fascinations of a group of twenty-one architectural students in 2013. A myriad of political and spiritual statements on today’s society helped by parametric design tools and physical modelling. Here is the list of all the themes that emerged in the third term:

  • Temple to Love and Lust in Brighton, U.K. – by Georgia-Rose Collard-Watson
  • Temple to Revolution in Tahrir Square, Egypt – by Luka Kreze
  • Temple to Making in the City of London, U.K. – by Michael Clarke
  • Temple to Vibrations on Mount Neru, Tanzania – by Dhiren Pattel
  • Temple to Crowdfunding the City of London, U.K. – by Sarah Shuttleworth
  • Temple to Infinity in the Mojave Desert, U.S.A – by Andrei Jippa
  • Temple to Augmented Reality near Oxford Street, London, U.K. – by Mark Simpson
  • Temple to Gin, near Kings Cross, London, U.K. – by George Guest
  • Temple to Permaculture, in Totness, U.K. – by Philp Hurrel
  • Temple to Bees, in the Olympic Park, London, U.K. – by Jake Alsop
  • Temple against Electro-Magnetic Radiations, in Snowdonia National Park, U.K. – by Chris Ingram
  • Temple against Pre-Packaged Meat, in Smithfield Market, London, U.K. – by Alex Woolgar
  • Temple to Bio-Polymers , in Thelford, U.K. – by Marilu Valente
  • Temple against Consumerism, in Selfridges, London, U.K. – by Jessica Beagleman
  • Temple to Online Knowledge, in the Sillicon Roundabour, London, U.K. – by Tim Clare
  • Temple to the Awareness of Death, in Mexico – by Thanasis Korras
  • Temple of Illusion, in South Bank, London, U.K.- by Daniel Dodds
  • Temple to Water on the Thames, London, U.K. – by William Garforth-Bless
  • Temple to Atheism in Lower Lea Valley Park, London, U.K. – by Emma Whitehead
  • Temple to Light in Elephant and Castle, London, U.K. – by Josh Haywood
  • Temple to Sun Worship in the Wyndham Council Estate, Camberwell London, U.K. – by Natasha Coutts

Thank you very much to all our external critiques: William Firebrace, Jeanne Sillett, Harri Lewis and Jack Munro.  Two weeks more to go until the hand-in of portfolios (28th May). Here are couple pictures:

Luka Kreze's thorned tensegrity architecture against dictatorship on Tahrir Square and a manual for revolution.
Luka Kreze’s thorned tensegrity architecture against dictatorship on Tahrir Square – A manual to start a revolution.
Jake Alsop's wax-generated temple for Bees
Jake Alsop’s wax-generated temple for Bees
Chris Ingram's Slate Community, away from electro-magnetic radiation
Chris Ingram’s Slate Community, away from electro-magnetic radiation
Marilu Valente's Digital/Physical experiement on elastic bio-polymer
Marilu Valente’s Digital/Physical experiement on elastic bio-polymer
Marilu Valente's diagramming of the  bio-polymer stretch
Marilu Valente’s diagramming of the bio-polymer stretch
Emma's  'Agora' - temple agora / forum for Sunday assembly -atheist congregation and for tech startup groups /music network Sofar sounds
Emma’s ‘Agora’ – forum for Sunday assembly – atheist congregation
Sarah Shuttleworth's Temple to crowdfunding - Kickstarter HQ
Sarah Shuttleworth’s Temple to crowdfunding – Kickstarter HQ
Crowdfunded structure for Sarah Shuttleworth's roof
Crowdfunded structure for Sarah Shuttleworth’s roof
Jessica Beagleman's "Atelier" on the roof of Selfridges is made of sewed pieces of plywood/
Jessica Beagleman’s “Atelier” on the roof of Selfridges is made of sewed pieces of plywood/
William Garforth-Bless'Temple to Water using a thin fiber glass shell and floating components on the Thames
William Garforth-Bless’Temple to Water using a thin fiber glass shell and floating components on the Thames
Philip Hurrell's Temple to the Transition Movement in Totness, Devon
Philip Hurrell’s Temple to the Transition Movement in Totness, Devon
Daniel Dodds' abstract for the Temple of Illustion
Daniel Dodds’ abstract for the Temple of Illustion
Tim Clare's temple to online knowledge is an irregular gridshell following learning spaces
Tim Clare’s temple to online knowledge is an irregular gridshell following learning spaces
The story of a reciprocal structure and a temple to making by Michael Clarke
The story of a reciprocal structure and a temple to making by Michael Clarke