UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – 2010
GRADUATE OPTION STUDIO + DIGI FAB SEMINAR
TEAM: Chris Holzwart, Kelly Raczkowski, Kyle Sturgeon
FACULTY: Wes McGee + Dave Pigram
GROUNDS FOR INTERVENTION:
As an acupunctural urban infill system, our proposal tactically repurposes vacant space and manufactures re-growth of in the city of Detroit, operating as one agent for an urban agricultural movement. Markets, strategically placed within zones of fresh food deficient populations, are constructed and deployed within vacant infill conditions. These markets ‘pop-up’ by employing the surrounding infrastructure. Formwork for a composite fabric system derived from minimal surface geometries establishes itself on the site – adapting to programmatic use. A secondary structure in the form of a concrete web is used to further define zones of enclosure, interaction, and transaction.
A variation of L-Systems script was used to generate a series of low poly mesh ‘animals’ considering a variety of spatial performance criteria and opportunistic structural symbiotic on site. We used logics of tropism (growth attraction), and thickness or ‘fattiness.’ The aggregations were then analyzed and manipulated to form inhabitable volumes. The low poly mesh is brought into 3DS Max and transformed through relaxation and topology tools.