Questions of Space - [Bernard Tschumi]
Is space a material thing in which all material things are to be located?
If space is a material thing, does it have boundaries?
If space has boundaries, is there another space outside those boundaries?
If space does not have boundaries, do things then extend infinitely?
As every finite extent of space is infinitely divisible (since every space can contain smaller spaces), can an infinite collection of spaces then form a finite space?
In any case, if space is an extension of matter, can one part of space be distinguished from another?
If space is not matter, is it merely the sum of all spatial relations between material things?
If space is neither matter nor a set of objective relations between things, is it something subjective with which the mind categorises things?
If the structure of the mind imposes a prior form (that precedes all experience) to the perception of the external world, is space such a form?
If space is such a form, does it have precedence over all other perceptions?
...because questions of space evolve into new processes of invention. This project challenges the artist’s role in design and extends the boundaries of how space is composed. The boundaries of space are set by the limitations of current design processes and this project extends them. The use of ubiquitous material in a banal space proves how the design process is evolving.
Architecture is ultimately rooted in the built artifact, which physically affirms artistic intent as a result of the design. The aim of this project is proved through the design process, rather than a result of it. It takes a banal space and pervasive material and is transformed into architectural space. The process of interrelated steps stitch together a logic structure based on an imposed grid and invented rules. Physical elements are created through this system and figure and plan emerge from the geometric play. The process of how the space is transformed is directly connected to the geometric construction which underlies each subsequent process from site placement to construction.
3813 Greenway Dr. Lawrence, KS 66044
East Hills Warehouse
The site is set inside the University of Kansas School of Architecture’s Design/Build facility. A warehouse located in the East Hills business park of Lawrence, Kansas. The warehouse is primarily a space for collaborative construction and storage. The big and largely empty space is the base of the project. The project initially mapped out the site conditions, focusing on the east side of the warehouse. A grid from the joint lines in the concrete floor was imposed.
The grid informs the logic structure which is based off the system of rules. These underlie the play of points and lines, to extrusions that yield geometric forms. The three-dimensional forms are broken down into sections that contain pieces derived from the rules. The pieces fit together by following these rules. The rules are set by a fractal system that fit pieces together to form sections which become the whole.
From here the process of making parts to whole is applied to the ubiquitous and nominal material of oriented strand board (OSB). Each piece is fabricated by Computer Numerical Control technology from the input design. The output pieces are assembled with minimal tools and transported from the studio classroom to the East Hills facility, where they are arranged and further assembled. The assembly and placement of each section are informed by the initial logic structur.
The objective of the logic structure was to define a framework for a process that composes geometry within given parameters. To determine and ultimately illustrate the steps in building various relationships from design to construction. The initial design was distilled to the boundaries of the warehouse and its floor grid. Thus the ability to employ the original design and construct elements capable of re-engineering themselves from any input points. The primary geometric forms were implemented to the existing grid and developed systematically through five phases.
This logic structure represents an iterative modeling of these relationships. Each step is algorithmically organised input points yielding basic geometries and three-dimensional forms that establish a process capable of uncompromising modifications, and which constitutes a parts-to-whole system. A system that exemplifies how things go together in terms of parameters that make up not only the physical configuration but the intellectual structure.
fabrication and assembling of friction fit elements
individual parts become the whole
Half Scale Model
a greater understanding of the project on a smaller scale
documentation of half-scale friction-fit model
an individual journey through the architects that we aspire to be - presidential studies abstracted and expressed through 3x1" individual prints on canvas