Design Foundations: Figure/Field

Instructors: Jongwan Kwon and Iman Fayyad
TA: Sean Phillips 

1: Hypar Tunnel
Siobhan Finlay, Rami Rustom, Michelle Xie

This space is not the most straightforward tunnel. The undulating curvature created by the hyperbolic paraboloid modules that make up both sides protrudes and retracts, in a back and forth dance with the passerby. Made of fiberglass and PVC, the tunnel is centered on the theme of weight, balance, and counterbalance, and, by virtue of the structural characteristics of the hypar geometry, is entirely self balancing.

2: Hot and Fold
Laura Li, Fano Razafindrakoto, Rinako Sonobe

Hot and Fold is a kinetic installation inspired by techniques of repetitive origami folds applied to paper. The full-scale composition imitates the behavior of folded paper by using scored foamcore, experimenting with the effects of volume and depth on an initially 2-D (paper) system. Pulling the rope downward activates the mechanism and expands the sculpture vertically from its condensed “folded” state, forming a tall, enclosed structure.

3: Irridescent Wave
Effie Jia, Kiran Wattamwar

Inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin, this kinetic sculpture is guided by principles of mathematics. The sculpture generates a rotating sine wave wrapped around a cylinder in 3D space by activating a 2D mechanism in circular motion. The iridescent film panels add an extra dynamic layer to the sculpture, creating sound and interactions with light to further intensify the effects of the sculpture’s motion.

4: Deconstructed Shadows
Marco Aguilar, Brandon Sanchez, Illili Tegene

An installation that uses light, shadow, and human-interaction to transform abstract forms into tangible ones. Users are welcome to participate by directing light into an anamorphic geometric field to project unexpected images onto the wall.

5: Re:Arrange
Alicia Nimrick, Marc Smith, Ceren Temizyurek

RE: ARRANGE is an interactive furniture piece based on geometric hinged dissections. Pieces can slide across the floor to rotate into 3 distinct geometric configurations (square, rectangle, and triangle) with many intermediate phases. Graphic patterns on the faces of the pieces are designed to guide users to arrive at certain phases.

6: Distorted Kaleidoscope
Lisbeth Acevedo, Matthew Bradford, Kathryn Pundyk

Inspired by the classic childhood toy, this installation deploys the techniques of reflection and distortion of kaleidoscopic geometry. Kaleidoscopes include both mirrored surfaces and coloured pieces that are used to create interesting patterns. Through this method of interaction, each viewer becomes integrated into the design of the piece as the colours of their appearance (i.e. clothing, eyes, etc.) briefly enter the composition. The structure is made of paper and mylar film supported by a wooden frame.

Photographs: Sarah Wagner