The project was selected for realisation at an annual AIA call of entries that asked for interventions to bring to life the historic city of New Orleans. Gernot Riether’s project suggests a series of pavilions sited within usually hidden, often private courtyards. With the city’s webpage announcing different events at their locations the forgotten places turn into new public destination. The pavilions are reactivating the city’s fabric by reversing it - what was a private space during the day becomes a public space for concerts, performances, and other events at night.
In the evening, the pavilions dramatically modulate the host environment, bringing attention to the city’s romantic and mysterious spaces, typically located deep in the block, away from the street. The first pavilion was realised in a courtyard, located on Orleans Street, close to North Rampart. From the street you can only see glimpses of the alien-like, bright glowing object. For curious residents and visitors, brave enough to enter the courtyard through an existing long narrow alleyway the strange object is revealed to be a beacon, an event space of open possibilities.
The pavilion was developed at the ‘Digital Design Build Studio’, that Prof. Gernot Riether directs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his studio he is researching the possibilities of digital design and fabrication in order to develop new construction methods for environmentally friendly materials. With his project in New Orleans Gernot Riether shows how plastic can be used to build a new kind of lightweight structure that is affordable and environmentally friendly.
The 200 sq ft pavilion is developed from 320 variations of a single cell. Each cell is generated from different sets of attributes that are derived from the cell’s unique position within the overall form, different architectural and structural requirements and unique site conditions. Scripting allowed for parametrically transforming each cell’s geometry differently into seating, foundation, light fixtures, plant holders and rainwater collectors. The final overall form and spatial qualities of the pavilion emerged from networking the cells into a multifunctional building envelop.
The complexity of the cell’s digitally driven typology allowed combining structure and envelope in a single material hybrid system. The edges of each cell were folded differently based on each cells location within the overall structure. This provided stiffness within the cell. Connecting the edges of all cells form a complex geodesic system. To minimise the amount of material used for the envelope and to create a lightweight structure, the envelope generates wormholes that act brace- and column-like. The formation of wormholes within the surface increases the surface tension, which stabilised the structure of the pavilion. This allowed minimise the weight of the structure to 120kg.
Project Team: Gernot Riether, Valerie Bolen, Rachel Dickey, Emily Finau, Tasnouva Habib, Knox Jolly, Pei-Lin Liao, Keith Smith, April Tann. The pavilion was fabricated at the Digital Fabrication Laboratory, DFL at Georia Institute of Technology. Special Thanks to: Russell Gentry and Andres Cavieres
by Lori Zimmer, 07/15/11
Israeli startup SolarOr has developed a brilliant new transparent solar panel that is modeled after the complex forms found in honeycomb. Called BeeHive PV, the solar panels are designed to integrate into building facades to serve as energy-generating windows. Each sheet is covered with hundreds of tiny prisms that focus sunlight to maximize energy generation.
The solar panels are made from durable acrylic, which can also act as an insulator. Each honeycomb cell sucks up the solar energy and amplifies it two and a half times, due to the panels’ hexagonal shape and double-glazed glass. If installed on sun-facing walls of buildings, the panels could produce 140 watts of electricity per square meter.
SolarOr thinks that the patterned design could add texture and aesthetic interest to projects. The cells are slanted within each panel in order to absorb the maximum amount of sun. The slanting is customizable as well – arrays can be tailored to particular projects and locations.
The building-integrated photovoltaic company is currently raising funds and hopes to start manufacturing the panels for commercial use in the near feature.
Via Giga Om
‘modular fabrication’ by UNstudio in london, england
images courtesy of UNstudio
dutch practice UNstudio is collaborating with premier composite technologies to create ‘modular fabrication’, an installation for
100% design london during london design week 2011. a single module formed from a structural foam core, carbon glass fiber and
epoxy resin will be repeated and configured into a rhythmic composition. the material’s inherently lightweight and strong qualities
allow for a plethora of arrangements. fabricated with rapid prototyping, this exercise highlights science merging with architecture,
emphasizing the importance of advancing the field with the formulation of innovative efficient products.
repetitive arrangement of modules
the five meter by ten meter meandering configuration will present cutting edge technological information to visitors.
small screens and projections located at the ends of the angled framework will display relevant videos and images
to the temporary display. this exhibition will be held at earls court in london from september 22 through the 25 of 2011.
in reference to this project, ben van berkel of UNstudio has stated:
‘modular fabrication plays with new readings connected to the science of observing and experiencing spatial arrangements.
it deals with the perception of space and the possibility for the creation of social cohesion.’
(left) projection of technological images
(right) lcd screens
There is nothing like showing your designs and ideas in 3-D.
Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator
lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you
want. Load Rhino models from web sites, Google Docs, email attachments (iPad or
iOS 4 only), or from iTunes (iPad or iOS 4 only). Save views as images for
markup and emailing.
Never be without 3D,
for almost less than a cup of coffee in Seattle.
Location: Pugh Hall, University of Florida - Gainesville
Date: 18 April, 2011
Time: 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Panelists: Neil Leach, Wendy W Fok, Stephen Belton, Lee-Su Huang
* Panel Discussion will follow the Keynote Lecture by Professor Neil Leach
Sponsored by: APX | Alpha Rho Chi / UF-SoA / SCC | Studio Culture Committee
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with theoretical and practical conditions needed for the creating of experimental cross-fabrication(s) between geometry and materials as well as the understanding of scale within architecture. The study and work will be a crossover between architecture and art, with a high concentration on the developmental nature of experimentation and details. While, the project process will emphasize the analog as much as the digital, along with a methodological design approach, between context and technique that is implicit in the process of design and integration of site. Students are asked to develop investigative design methodologies with potential prototyping capabilities.
Sponsored by: DuPont™ Corian® Asia Pacific
MArch 1, term 1, led by Wendy W Fok, G1 Studio
here is that little program that unfolds and tabs things for you, its pretty easy to use… but it only works for meshes… for rhino i export a .obj with polygons/lines, and then once unfolded i export this as a .dxf back to rhino, scale it correctly and run rhino nest to get the optimal arrangement for laser cutting.
(submitted by John Quinn)
Example: Bear by Hisashi_Im
Materials beyond Materials: Composite Tectonics-A Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing hosted by SCI-Arc on March 25-26 in Los Angeles (960 E. 3rd Street, LA). Free admission.
Taking place on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles, the two-day forum open to the public and the community at large will explore technological advances in composite materials, innovations in construction, and current design discourse—with some of the most important names in today’s building, fabrication and design industries.
Participants include: Michelle Addington, Yale School of Architecture; Andreas Froech, Owner, Machinuous; Marcelyn Gow, Partner, servo LA; Kurt Jordan, structural engineer; Bill Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates; Greg Lynn, Principal, Greg Lynn FORM; Urs Meier, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology; Mike Lepech, Stanford University;
Achim Menges, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University; Eric Owen Moss, Director, SCI-Arc, Principal and Lead Designer, Eric Owen Moss Architects; Bill Pearson, North Sails One Design International Ltd.; Wolfgang Rieder, CEO, Rieder Composites; Marcelo Spina, Co-Principal, PATTERNS; Nader Tehrani, MIT & Founding Principal, Office dA; Peter Testa, Principal, Testa/Weiser & Founding Director, of the MIT Emergent Design Group;
and Tom Wiscombe, EMERGENT.
Materials beyond Materials combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. Conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.