Parametric Constructions

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In the Parametric Constructions Seminar students explored the design, fabrication and assembly of a repetitive nonstandardized component system based on parametrically controlled variation and serial differentiation, i.e. mass-customization. The component systems were conceived as a combination of a skin and structure that was fully resolved tectonically and materially.  The component systems, when assembled, produced a patterned spatial configuration. To produce an effectual pattern, the repetition and order depended upon the systematic variation within a field.  This variation occured through the superstructure – the ordering system – and/or the individual component as both determined the constraints of pattern. The modification of parameters of design, which could be automatic or interactive, incremental or random, allowed for the manufacture of different components in the same series, thus making the mass-customization, i.e., the industrial production of unique objects possible.
The development of the component system occured in several iterative steps: first creating a parametric model using RhinoScript or Generative Components that produced in automatic, machinic fashion a series of similar, yet different spatial configurations that could be recognized as belonging to the same type. A selected sample from the series was then fabricated and assembled into a physical construct, which was then refined iteratively in subsequent sessions; the process of fabrication and assembly informing the model of the geometry in a cyclical fashion until a “final” construct was produced.  The final products were carefully crafted medium-scale constructs that consisted of interconnected, topologically identical but dimensionally varied components that were serially produced using the introduced techniques of parametric design and digital fabrication.

Faculty: Kevin Klinger, Branko Kolarevic

Students: Sam Alcorn, Dominick Gallegos, Sarah Hockmeyer, Jonathan Noble, Jamie Owens, Brian Pace




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