Author: Mai Al Busairi
Professor: Alexis Rochas
Southern California Institute of Architecture- Sci-Arc
Making and Meaning is a four week summer program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture that introduces the principle of architecture in a hands on exploration of spatial experimentation, design methodologies and the creative process.
The project was divided into 3 stages:
Stage 1 was a posture of a body “The Split” that focuses on 2 angles (45, 90 degree). Then I continued to work with digital modeling to create section cuts that emphasize on the idea of dynamic fluidity by using a texture that relates to the soft movement of fabric and hair.
Stage 2 was paper folding, contouring and coloring. The paper folding abstracts the inherent qualities of the posture, through the bitmap technique.
Stage 3 was an introduction of volume, space and color. I turned the folded paper 2d model into a volumetric form. The aim of the texture mapping placement is to challenge the notion of spatial depth through design, by carefully articulating the relationship between surfaces. Central to this investigation, is the study of the ‘edge’ or line separating one surface from another. The interactions between color fields should trigger conditions of edge legibility or illegibility, contrast or diffusion, concave or convex ambiguity.
The Solid-Void white model was sent to a 6-Axis robotic arm to experiment with dynamic point of views. The light setting was controlled by an App using (Philips Hue).