Primary Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Project Budget: $1500
Research Assistants/ Project Team : Matthew Parker, Christina James, Logan Armstrong, Guy Gardner, Alex Wilton, Kim Tse, Hayden Pattullo
Funding Agencies: SSHRC, Beakerhead
Light Shells is a continuing exploration into thin shell structural assemblies. The project team developed a number of strategies based on the surface breakdown techniques from the Sputnik and Nancy prototypes and stitching logics used in prior investigations. A user interface was developed to allow for versioning of the project through variations in formal logics and surface articulation.
The project team then tested this interface on a number of groups with varying levels of design experience and exposure to generative digital tools. The results shown here are from a two session workshop held in January of 2016. The first session asked the 14 participants tasked with making a series of constrained design decisions that generate the lamps and their cut files. In the second session participants assembled their lamps. Assembly time varies from 1 hour to the full 3 hours allotted for completion.
Future workshops will introduce more variables into the design process and streamline the assembly to optimize the number of surface to surface connection points.