Combinatory form:X,Y,Z

 

Cornell University
Master of Architecture I | Fall 2011
Core Design V: Integrative Design Practices
Professor: Thom Mayne with Ung-Joo Scott Lee from Morphosis Studio

 
 
 
 
 

The production of organizational systems, capable of maximizing differentiation, commensurate with the complexity of 21st century programmatic demands and situational contingencies. 

“Morphogenetic strategies for design are not truly evolutionary unless they incorporate iterations of physical modeling, nor can we develop systems that utilize emergence without the inclusion of the self-organizing material effects of form finding and the industrial logic of production. Emergence requires that the recognition of buildings not as singular and fixed bodes, but as complex energy and material systems that have a life span, and exist as a part of the environment of other buildings, and as an iteration of a long series that proceeds by evolutionary development towards an intelligent ecosystem.”  
From Emergence and Design Group Architectural Design, Vol 74, no. 3.P.7

This project starts with questions of what defines line, surface, and object in pure sense of geometry. What defines the boundary between line and surface or surface and object? Which makes them to be differentiated? The pure geometries/forms are redefined and combined in consideration of their formal and spatial relationships. The positive and negative space around the form creates another kind of form within 10 x 10 x 3 boundary.

 
 
 
Initial phase: forms of 3 components, line, surface, object are defined.

Initial phase: forms of 3 components, line, surface, object are defined.

 
 
 
 

Exploring different ways of combining all components within 10 x 10 x 3 box. Lines act as both positive and negative element, surfaces are always negative (subtracting component), and objects are positive element. Lines are both horizontal and vertical, surfaces are only horizontal, objects are unable to define. Plan/top and perspective views. 

 
 
3D printed physical model of final form in  different perspectives.  

3D printed physical model of final form in
different perspectives.  

 
Scale 1: Building

Scale 1: Building

Scale 2: Public space

Scale 2: Public space

Scale 3: City

Scale 3: City

 

Final form rendered in 3D, looking at interior and in between spaces, imagining the form being in different scales: scale of city, public space, and building.Final form rendered in 3D, looking at interior and in between spaces, imagining the form being in different scales: scale of building, public space, and city.

 
 
A collage done much later since end of studio. Re-imagining the form being a spaceship, prison, asylum, or living organism. 

A collage done much later since end of studio. Re-imagining the form being a spaceship, prison, asylum, or living organism.