| Author: Page Comeaux
| Instructor: Michael Szivos
| Yale School of Architecture
| Topography is traditionally represented as a two dimensional projection of horizontal, planar slices through the earth that define the surface of a given terrain in three dimensions. This exercise required a material and method that could begin to address topography in the fourth dimension -time- .
A section taken through the Earth will show the surface that is visible to us changing in relation to the sky, but it will also show the hidden topographies that exist below. Results of geological activity across millennia, these topographies are impossible to illustrate in a conventional bird’s eye view topographic map, whose intersecting lines would surely become unreadable. The section shows each layer of earth changing vertically and horizontally, but only shows a two dimensional representation of a single instance. It cannot act in three dimensions like a topographic map, but the latter cannot possibly contain the sectional information of the former.
This model was an attempt to create a physical framework from which to visualize how multiple layers of earth interact with each other in the x, y, and z-directions. As a conceptual exercise embedded within a larger project sited in a subterranean environment, I was afforded the opportunity to experiment with materials and methods in the fabrication shop. Given the desire to see how the layers interacted with each other, translucency was a material requirement.
I used polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) on a vacuum forming machine to achieve the desired effect, placing the heated plastic over sponges and terrycloth fabric for a greater textural result. This method produced results that were both controlled and freeform, leaving room for exploration and investigation with respect to the rest of the project.
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