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Development: Talking to Dundee City Council

April 30, 2012

So far, I have deconstructed and digitally rebuilt one of the chairs I found at the recycling center, split the chair up into individual pieces and experimented with how they work together when Multiplied. I now need more specific  information from Dundee City Council on there needs and requirements for the Pavillion. This information will provide design constraints that will help in forming the final solution.

I called up the council and managed to speak with Janet Wade  from the waste management department.

I asked her a series of  questions about recycling in Dundee:

What are your overall aims for the future of recycling in Dundee?

What methods do you currently use to promote recycling to the public?

Which Generation do you find it easyiest to appeal to?

How do you manage to influence different age groups?

What message would you want the pavillion to spread about Dundee?

I took notes on the answers received from Janet

The waste managment department want  to make sure people know what they do and why they do it. With this information being hard to find people may be less likely to recycle as they are not 100%  sure where there waste is going.

They are carful about how they promote recycling as they don’t want to create more waste  by producing large amounts of flyers and posters.

They find it easyiest to appeal to very young children through visits and educational sessions as well as  older people through newspapers and magazines. But harder to appeal to working adults and young adults as they tend to have less time on there hands.

I then translated this information received from Janet into design requirements for the Pavillion.

The Pavillion would need to be able to display a range of  information on recycling.

The Pavilion should  generate interest and excitment around recycled materials and attract a wide audience, and achieve this through the  aesthetics of the Design.

The Pavilion should contain a seated area, adding an extra function to the environment it is located in.

I chose to add in another design requirement which was the basic form of the structure would develop from the 3 r’s depicted by arrows  in the reduce reuse recycle logo.

I began to work through possible arrangements for the 3 segments representing the arrows.

I then populated a section of the chosen arrangement with the cut up  piece of the chair and began to re-think the overall structure of the pavillion, adding steel rods that the pieces would slide on to.


The next stage will be to populate the full form in sections before piecing the shape together.


Developing the Surface

April 23, 2012

Combining  Individual pieces from the sliced up chair and surfaces created in rhino allowed me to work out which pieces worked best with each surface shape.

After working with the different pieces, I found that one particular butterfly shaped section of the chair worked well creating curved forms. The dip in the center of the piece could also be possibly used for seating elements.

Initial Ideas for the construction of the pavillion would be to keep the tension throughout the structure, joining the individual pieces with steel thread rods and washers.The structure would then be segmented into 5 parts,built seperately, before joining the whole thing together.

Development Process : Multiplication of the parts.

April 14, 2012

The next step was to explore how the individual pieces of the chair could be reorganised into a basic form for the pavillion.

By creating arrays along a curve I could begin to get an idea of how the shapes could interact with each other when multiplied.

I experimented with arcs, circles and ovals…

I then wanted to look at how I could place these shapes into a surface or skin. This surface would form the basic shape for the pavillion.

Doing this manually would take me a long time and I would not be able to explore as many options as I would like so I began to look at using the generative modelling plugin ‘Grasshopper’ for Rhino I started by referencing the shape I wanted to populate the surface with, and then changed a few variables, such as the height and divisions of the shape.

I will now be looking at combining different pieces of the chair with different surface forms to get something thats more realistic to build, and then begin to look at how the pieces could be joined together.

Working with the material.

April 11, 2012

I chose to go ahead with the chairs I found at the re-cycling center as there were 14 of them for me to use, the owner was happy to see them being re-used as they were all missing there legs.

After taking some images of them and started to Rebuild the chair using Rhino.

Once the chair was built I then made 4 other copys and began to experiment with slicing the chair up.

From the 14 chairs available I will now be looking at combining the new sliced up forms together, to create something I could use as a modular piece, or series of pieces for my pavilion.

Parametric Design and Generative Architecture.

March 4, 2012

Parametric design and the abstract  forms and geometry it creates is something I have recently become interested in. In my next project I will be looking to explore the possibilities of the software within an Interiors context. I will be looking to grasp a basic understanding of the software in order to come up with a variety of solutions for a brief that I will set myself. Re-cycled  materials and fabrication of the final structure will also play a big part in shaping the end product.

Parametric Form Finding, can semi automate the design process offering solutions to spatial problems by using changeable variables and  introducing a set of rules to describe the constraints of the form.

The re-cycling Center here in Dundee  has been recently used as a low key party venue,  providing an amazingly unique clubbing experience,  As this project is under the theme of ‘Partnerships networks and connections’  I am going to consider using the Local recycling center as a potential Client for this project. Working with them to create a functional installation that both explores the future use of re-cycled materials and could be incorporated into forthcoming events at the  Recycling center.