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Red Deer Public Water Project

Date: 2019
Client: The City of Red Deer
Principal Investigators: Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: n/a
Project Team: Madisen Killingsworth, Darryl Pollock
Funding Agencies: n/a
Status: Proposal

The aim of the Red Deer Public Water Project was to act as an innovative appendage and drinking fountain for the public that also highlighted the importance of providing access to drinkable water for all. This project took the idea of an all-inclusive water fountain and ran with it – designing a fountain inclusive of humans, animals, and plants. The fountain design used the theme of water as a community connector on a conceptual and practical level, with a parametric form driven by an image of water molecules. The large- scale 3d printed fountain shell would attach to an existing fire hydrant and would provide height relevant basins from which humans, birds, and dogs could drink. The installation would also form insets for potted plants that would be misted by the hydrant water. A truly all-inclusive drinking solution.

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Livewire

Date: 2019
Client: Makespace
Principal Investigators: Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: Withheld
Project Team: Guy Gardner, Kim Tse,
Charlene Karl, Karan Sharma, Christopher Green
Funding Agencies: Makespace
Status: Built

The Livewire project was completed in order to provide customized, innovative seating solutions for an event hosted by Makespace for an Inventures Canada conference. The final result emerged from an iterative digital process which explored a range of possible design outcomes resulting from various combinations of ruled-surface-based toolpaths. These toolpaths were executed by an ABB IRB 2600 industrial robot fitted with a custom hot-wire cutting tool. The tool consists of an aluminum armature or “bow” holding a thin, electrically heated nichrome wire under tension.

Traditionally, customization and automation have been seen as mutually exclusive approaches to production. Livewire incorporates industrial robotics to build a vocabulary of customized formal and surface effects used in the production of furniture for the private event. This vocabulary incorporates the limits and constraints of the robotic positioning and tooling and can therefore be applicable for future experimentation. Demonstrated is an approach to developing a catalogue of surface grammars that can be quickly deployed for use in the production of objects and surfaces in EPS foam. In this instance, the work demonstrates how a design brief for event seating can be creatively reinterpreted into a series of unique sculptural objects using generative scripts and automated construction processes. The approach outlined above leverages a rapidly deployable technique, readily available materials, and high levels of customization towards a workflow which can be easily adapted for future use. This workflow allows the designer to incorporate the interactions between tooling and material for aesthetic and performative effect while eliminating the need for construction drawings.

Further research will involve investigating how this process can be leveraged for use with other materials through the development of molds for casting material such as concrete, or adaptation to other forms of end-of-arm robotic tooling such as bandsaws. This research will continue to investigate the potential for customized surfaces and emergent material effects, as well as how the vocabulary of surface textures developed through these initial tests could allow for a range of technical and ornamental functions related to aesthetic, acoustic, and environmental performance.

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Float

Date: 2019
Client: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: $3, 500
Designer: Danielle Kim
Fabrication Team: Guy Gardner, Danielle Kim,
Joy Olagoke, Kim Tse, Zachary Ward, Xuefei Wang
Funding Agencies: Edmonton Valley Zoo / City of Edmonton
Status: Built

Float is an installation that was proposed for the Edmonton Zoo’s Festival of Light. It is an otherworldly experience that makes use of environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient lighting methods. The installation is an immersive field of swaying, jellyfish-like lamps that are 3D-printed with glow-in-the dark biodegradable plastic. The network of organic forms was parametrically generated and is suspended from above and is illuminated by motion activated LED lights that flicker on and off while visitors wander around this labyrinth of strange, glowing creatures.

The installation of Float is meant to be easily deploy-able and disassembled, and will require minimal maintenance during the festival. Glow in the dark materials and motion activated LED’s eliminate the need for timers or switches. If an LED loses power, it can be easily replaced as the lights are removable and fit snugly in the lamps.

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Textura

Date: 2019
Client: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: $3, 500
Designer: Christopher Green
Fabrication Team: Zainab Ahmad, Guy Gardner, Bhrugurajsinh Gohil,
Andeep Mummareddy, Inder Pabla, Karan Sharma, Kim Tse
Funding Agencies: Edmonton Valley Zoo / City of Edmonton
Status: Built

TEXTURA, focuses on bridging the natural phenomena of light and texture through a playful structure that invites all ages to wander through. Edmonton, being the northernmost city in North America with a population over a million, has the opportunity to witness the northern lights at select times. Therefore, the light component of the installation emulates the mesmerizing washes of colour that occur in the sky by using LED Lighting. The second component abstracts the many textures that occur in nature as a way of engaging different sensory experiences such as touch and sight.

Whether it’s the shell of an armadillo or the grassy context that surrounds it, the assortment of textural panels can spark intrigue and curiosity for all. Ultimately, the installation celebrates the advances of technology and fabrication by exploring themes of nature.

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Meridiem

Date: 2019
Client: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: $3, 500
Designer: Darryl Pollock
Fabrication Team: Guy Gardner, Rutvi Gajjar, Anagha Patil,
Darryl Pollock, Ji Song Sun, Kim Tse,
Funding Agencies: Edmonton Valley Zoo / City of Edmonton
Status: Built

The Meridiem project was created for the winter Zoominesence festival of light hosted by the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The goal of the project was to create an interactive light installation which communicated a theme surrounding the environmental stewardship that the zoo strives for. In this, the project was designed using solely recyclable, recycled, and energy efficient materials – the main material being 3d extruded recycled plastics and bio plastics.

The design concept also speaks to this theme of environmentalism with the following statement:

Trees are integral to the worldwide ecosystem. Apart from aiding in flood prevention, purifying our air, filtering our water, and providing a buffer against climate change, trees are home to approximately 60,000 diverse species. Even with this knowledge, deforestation due to logging, agricultural plantations, and mining continues to be a problem. Orangutans, giant pandas, rhinos, and the Asian elephant are just a few of hundreds of endangered species due to deforestation. Removing trees thins the forest canopy which is meant to block sun rays. This disruption leads to extreme temperature swings that are harmful to plants and animals. Many animals, insects, and plants lose their habitats and may become endangered or go extinct. Without trees, climate change and species depletion become a serious reality.

Meridiem asks us to rediscover the beauty of trees and re-evaluate our relationship with them. The installation will consist of three flared columns which connect at the top to form a canopy for zoo goers to walk through. The canopy will is lit with colour-changing LEDs. Proximity sensors allow the lighting to shift in response to the movement of visitors around the installation. This symbolizes how human interaction can change our environment and signify how our presence makes an impact. This impact can be positive or negative, the choice is ours.

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Destination: Station

Date: 2018
Client:d.talks
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Josh Taron
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Immanuel Arole, Kristen Forward, Charlene Karl, Danielle Kim,
Craig MacDonald, Sumaya Nasir,
Hayden Pattullo, Peter Tomanek
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Status: Proposal

Calgary’s heavily-centralized workforce and sprawling city has been formative in the establishment of a notably reclusive and sedentary transit culture, which has significant repercussions to our mental, physical, and financial health. This culture has perpetuated itself through the design of our transit stations, which have become non-places centered purely on parking cars and moving people. The impending implementation of self-driving vehicles brings both threats and opportunities for the transit station as one of the last shared urban experiences.

Brentwood station currently represents the standard outer-city station typology: large amounts of parking, disconnected from its surrounding single family residential neighbourhood, with little community connection or after-hours use. Our vision of the 2050 transit hub uses Brentwood as a case study for the “station as destination” model, which leverages the capability of near-future autonomous vehicle technology to restructure train stations as spaces of social experience and enhanced intermodal efficiency.

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Furbaniture

Date: 2017
Principal Investigator: Joshua Taron
Project Budget: $50,000
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Seyi Arole, Ivan Au, Kristen Forward, Nicolas Hamel, Kim Tse
Funding Agencies: City of Calgary, SSHRC
Status: Built

Furbaniture is the result of a collaboration between the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and the City of Calgary, who both hosted the Walk21 Conference in 2017.  Furbaniture is an example of tactical urbanism, a low-cost way to change the built environment at a street level, intended to change how a street operates, feels, and serves the neighbourhood.

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Solium Capital Stock Wall

Date: 2017
Client: Solium
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Kim Tse, JP Hammill,
Hayden Pattullo, Alex Wilton
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Status: Built

This project was commissioned for a financial services firm in downtown Calgary. The project brief was to create an engaging multidimensional piece to activate the reception area. An iterative process with the client included the development of a number of tools for converting images associated with financial markets, regional landscapes, and symbols of the Canadian west into a large 3-dimensional wall-hanging painting.

Information related to historical performance of commodities and equity markets was embedded into the work through the manipulation of a field of dowels. Robotic arms were used to encode the color matrix and angle variation into the base surface that received these dowels.

The project deploys these techniques to produce multiple readings of the image through what has been described as pareidolia, or the tendency of viewers to perceive different images in patterns and sets of data.

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Keynote Speakers

Tom Verebes
Tom Verebes

Dana Cupkova
Dana Kupcova

Marc Fornes
Marc Fornes

Andrew Kudless
Andrew Kudless

Drura Parrish
Drura Parrish

Nick Puckett
Nick Puckett

Alvin Huang
Alvin Huang

Joshua Vermillion
Joshua Vermillion

Mariana Ibanez
Mariana Ibanez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Contributors

Simon Kim
Simon Kim

Ellie Abrons
Ellie Abrons

Adam Fure
Adam Fure

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Biomorph

Date: 2017
Client: Edmonton Arts Council
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Research Assistant: JP Hammill
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Budget: N/A
Status: Proposal

We approach this work through the lens of capturing motion. Transit stations are places of constant motion and change in ways that are highly visible to the observer. We propose a project that captures this sense of motion and uses its physical characteristics as a way to make that motion felt on the site. The built environment, although it appears static, is in a constant state of movement as it shifts to accommodate fluctuating temperatures, wind and precipitation. This piece accepts these changes and in fact uses them to create a constantly shifting presence in the urban landscape.

Biormorph abstracts and embeds the signatures of the site users (human and non-human) into the surface of the canopy. As a proposal for the Muttart stop of Edmonton’s new Valley Ridge LRT line, its reference to vaguely human and animal forms in motion visually activates the canopy of the building. The pattern compresses and overlays the built up index of the activities and movement patterns of the site and functions as fossil of its history. Seasonal precipitation in the form of rain and snow and the changing light qualities of the Alberta landscape interact with the piece to form new patterns readings of the work. The changing aspects of the piece also reference the plant collections of the Muttart, which are always in states of change.