Between the Sheets (Developing Superformed Aluminum with Plastic)
UCLA Technology Seminar 2007, 2008
Digital design has given rise to formal experimentation that outpaces advancements in construction methods. This technology seminar attempts to choreograph formal experiments in step with computer aided manufacturing processes such that the two are linked from the outset. Participants design and prototype formed aluminum panel arrays for use in building envelopes. In order to incorporate highly crafted, custom panel manufacture, the design proposals will limit tooling costs by limiting unit types. The unit will be understood as a tessellation unit capable of drawing topographic fields with geometric rhythm. Modulation of pattern, shape and texture are the primary design techniques with each relying heavily on intense fields of geometric description.