Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Proposal - Stan Sara Lola Orama

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

ASE (Available Space Expansion)


Team: Lola Rodriguez

Orama Siamseranee

Sara Valente

Stan Vinokur



+PROJECT:

Our proposal focuses on the transformation of a flat public surface (ie. Sidewalk). The surface responds to the need of more space in crowded area by registering static presence and passing movement by creating a usable topography.

+RESEARCH AGENDA:
Using weight sensors as our input, we will investigate different ways of creating a responsive topography(output).

We will investigate various ways of producing the topographic changes using litinol, panel systems, inflatable devices, and structural feasibility.

+ COMMON ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT
We will design a ground covering system.



+ MOVEMENT
We will create a landscape that has the ability to change form in response to different kinds of occupation (static and moving).

Our research will focus on mechanical systems that will make the changes in form possible.



+ SPATIAL IMPACT

The change in form of the surface will transform a space used for passing to a hangout space.



+ REALIZATION
We will build a section of a functional prototype.

+RESEARCH TOPIC PROPOSAL:

For the ASE research we will start investigating and testing sensors, pressure and noise specifically, and their processing; this will last the firsts 2/3 weeks.

The rest of the semester will be focused on the ‘output’ research, investigating on:

-Materials (plastic, silicone, wood, metal?)

-Forms (square, hexagon, Voronoi tessellation?) defined by movement and efficient arrangement of sensors

-Movement (surface composed by flexinol wires or mechanical system)

The project is based on the fact that cities are becoming more and more crowded every year and free space sometimes is just not enough; squares, plazas, sidewalks (public space in general) is used for commuting and for short/long permanence; our physical environment should respond specifically to this two conditions most of all when Architecture nowadays has already the ability to respond to fast changes of uses, technology, typologies, culture, economy..

We propose to create a surface that is able to increase its area (responding to the amount of people present in the space) upwards, downwards or sideways, depending on the space possibilities, and to reshape the experience of waiting and walking on public spaces.


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