Project 03


In this assignment we’ll introduce form-finding as a design parameter.


Using your surface model unroll patterns, choose 3 continuous tiles and organized them about 2 curved seams in such a way that they have a common corner.




July 26th 9am

-Cut along one side of the seam and extend the cut  to one of the edges of your paper. Sheet should remain one, and no material should be removed.


-Join the two edges of the paper by carefully taping the seam in a stitch pattern. Repeat for the 2nd seam.


Once your model is folded-up and taped, we’ll collapse the three-dimensional artwork into a flat plane by exerting a downward force and allowing for the material to accommodate itself and re-distribute the stresses into a series of creases and folds rendering rendering your sheet of paper’s material behavior.





3 Folded models 11x17

1 pattern combination enlarged to fit a 24x36 canvas, you may print in a multipage setup.




July 29th 9am

1. Photograph your crumpled/folded studies with a fixed camera positioned perpendicular to the sheet.  Take multiple shots with varying light positions.


2. Open and adjust these images in photoshop using levels, curves, exposure, etc and possibly overlaying multiple images.


3. Select the full image (Ctrl+A), then use Copy Merged (Ctrl+Shift+C) to copy the adjusted image to the clipboard.


4. Open a new document using the clipboard settings (ie. Matching current photo settings)


5. Open the Channels Tab.  Select the Red, Green, or Blue channel and paste the image of the crumpled paper.


6. Continue this step for the other two channels, adjusting the grey values in the images to change colors.  Work in series, ie whites, greys, browns to produce several color versions of your folds.


7. Once you determine a color image that work, in the Channel Menu, select Split Channels.


8. Convert each channel to a bitmap (Image>Mode>Bitmap), use halftone print with 600dpi.  Chose a pattern and adjust.


9. Select the full bitmap (Ctrl+A), copy (Ctrl+C), open a new document (make sure its RGB), and past (Ctrl+V) into the Red, Green, or Blue Channels.




1 Full color Print

1 pattern combination enlarged to fit a 24x36 canvas, you may print in a multipage setup


The third topic of the course introduces students to relationships of volume, ground, gravity. interiority and color. The assignment will conclude with a discussion of the relationship of three-dimensional form, scale, texture and color. Skills will continue to work with digital modeling in Rhino, color applications in Adobe Photoshop, hand-built paper models, model photography and Augmented reality visualization.




-Create a paper model of a solid volume of your choice. (Rectangular prism, Cone, Pyramid, Cylinder). Unroll your primitive and scale the unroll to fit within a 24”x19” Bristol Artboard. Physically cut and assemble the primitive.


- Lay another sheet of Bristol paper flat on your desk to represent a ground.


-Situate your primitive solid in a position that is antithetical to the ground, this can be achieved by  leaning in any angle, resting on one edge, point or suspended above the ground.


-Develop a geometrical scaffold to fix the position and orientation of your volume in relationship to the ground. Use sheet material to support the desired orientation.


-Translate this new orientation and scaffold into your Rhino model by photographing the model from 2 elevations and a plan, then use the images within the Rhino viewport to create a digital version of your physical lean and scaffold.


-Within the rhino environment, introduce 2 additional primitive volumes to establish a support mechanism. Develop three alternative models, considering interrelationship among volumes, their relationship to the ground plane.


Render 3 elevations of each proposal.




July 29th 9am



Combine 3 volumes by inter-penetrating volumes in such a way that you establish relationships of entanglement and tectonic co-dependency. Pay special attention at the resting point of the resulting arrangement as it related to the ground plane, and the 3dimensional profiles that result from the combination of volumes.




In order to open your solid volume composition, define a curved profile and a frontal point of view. Place your profile about your model and trim surfaces falling outside the profile domain.




3 @ ½ scale models.

Resulting composition should fit within 12”x9.5”x variable height.




Download RICOH THETA app [iOS, Android] on your phone. 


How to connect to the THETA:


  1. Press the power button on the camera to turn the power on, (side top button)

  2. Press the Wi-Fi button to turn the Wi-Fi function on (side middle button). The Wi-Fi LED on the front of the device lights. 

  3. On the smartphone’s Wi-Fi setting screen, select:


Wi-Fi: THETAXS00139953.OSC

Password: 00139953

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