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Alex Wilton Anson Tse Beakerhead Christina James Guy Gardner Hayden Pattullo Jason Johnson Logan Armstrong Mariana Ibanez Matthew Parker Simon Kim SSHRC

Light Shells – Lamp Workshop

Date: 2016
Client: Beakerhead
Principal 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.

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Beakerhead Canadian Heritage Christina James Jason Johnson Logan Armstrong Mariana Ibanez Matthew Parker Simon Kim SSHRC

The Ministers _ Nancy

Date: 2015
Client: Beakerhead
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: Simon Kim, Mariana Ibanez
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Christina James,
Matthew Parker, Logan Armstrong
Funding Agencies: SSHRC, Canadian Heritage Foundation

Project Description: Part of an installation at Beakerhead 2015 called The Ministers, Nancy is an investigation of a self-supporting thin shell structure lit from within. The piece anchored the Beakernight event as an object to draw visitors into the space from the main street. This project was designed in collaboration with Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim of IK Studio. The design focused on using various types of flat stock plastics to explore the limits of double curvature.

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Beakerhead Canadian Heritage Christina James Jason Johnson Logan Armstrong Mariana Ibanez Matthew Parker Simon Kim SSHRC

The Ministers _ Sputnik

Date: 2015
Client: Beakerhead
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: Simon Kim, Mariana Ibanez
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team : Christina James ,
Matthew Parker, Logan Armstrong

Project Description: Part of an installation at Beakerhead 2015 called The Ministers, Sputnik is an investigation of thin shell structures produced by conic geometries. This project was designed in collaboration with Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim of IK Studio. The design team focused on iteratively prototyping this project across materials and techniques. The final object was produced in thin shell aluminum from flat sheet material.

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Christina James Jason Johnson Joshua Taron Logan Armstrong Matthew Parker Nicholas Perseo SSHRC

FXAT SCREEN: RAIC Festival Pavilion

Date: 2015
Client: RAIC Festival/MBAC
Principal Investigators: Jason S. Johnson, Joshua M. Taron
Consultants:Entuitive (Engineering)
Project Budget: $20,000
Research Assistants/ Project Team : Matthew Parker,
Logan Armstrong, Christina James, Nicholas Perseo
Funding Agencies/Sponsors: SSHRC, CMLC, MBAC,
Meadow Sage Builders, Clark Builders, EVDS University of Calgary

Project Description: The Flat Screen TV seeks to reclaim the presence of architecture and its imagery in the public realm. CNC milled opaque plywood panels expose a depth to the otherwise thin planar surfaces revealing lit polyethylene panels beneath. This artificial topography is wrapped around a cantilevered form that addresses both the pedestrian corridor of Stephen Ave directly across and the RAIC Design Hub. A gradient of openings migrate across the form toward the street, concluding with a 14 x 7 foot rear projection screen showing the work of 15 young Canadian architecture firms in the RAIC’s Future Voice: Situating Architecture Exhibition curated by Marc Boutin of MBAC.

Given tight time and budget constraints we deployed a “rough cut” technique that exposed the seams of the panels and the material layers embedded in the marine plywood. This technique produces a contrast between the high definition images projected on the content surface and the rough nature of the milled surfaces.