At the beginning of the semester, we worked separately on individual explorations. Upon finding that our separate interests merged well together, we formed a partnership.
Tyler began with a series of lightweight material explorations.
Jie began with investigating alternative growing strategies.
Both team members found individual interest in kinetic sculptures and explored different artists for precedents.
Interested in developing schemes for overall kinetic structures, Tyler began thoroughly investigating deformable structures through model explorations.
Jie was also exploring kinetics, but through fluid undulations of surfaces in the Calatrava wave.
A merger began when Tyler attempted to combine the Calatrava wave with the deformable structure.
Jie rationalized the kinetics of the wave as being a catalyst for distributing hydroponics.
They began working together on roof schemes that would create fluid flows activated by movement…
….while hypothesizing on the multi-functional membranes this system would require.
Research into algae photo-bioreactors, and a desire to create spatiality, led us to form and function specificity.
We started learning about different species of algae and how to propagate them.
We also studied the complexities of flowing fluids through networks of hoses in 1-1 explorations.
This took us into our final design and construction exploration.