University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
critic: Tsz Yan NG
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Harold-Sprague SOLIE & Geoffrey SALVATORE: This research explores the aggregation of varied and repeated units with an emphasis on innovative connection techniques. The material culminated in Stalactites, a full-scale horizontal surface installation. These techniques were limited to the material itself, with an ambition to not introduce any foreign connectors or materials into the process.
The final surface hovers approximately 10 feet above the ground and is comprised of a series of truncated pyramidal shapes which, when aggregated, create a surface of varied heights and appearances. Working with (4) unique truncated units, the installation aggregates through a combination of tabs which allow for multiple orientations and layers of aggregation. Throughout the process, particular attention was paid to how to represent the project and the process of its installation.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
GS & HSS: The long lineage of digital fabrication projects emanating from faculty at Taubman College through the college’s Research Through Making grant program. Including, but not limited to, the work of Catie Newell (Alibi Studio), Wes McGee (Matter Design), Craig Borum and Karl Daubmann (PLY Architecture), and Monica Ponce de Leon.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
GS: Folding Techniques for Designers; From Sheet to Form by Paul Jackson; and Lisa Iwamoto’s Digital Fabrications book.
HSS: Lisa Iwamoto’s Digital Fabrications was a key resource for us while working on this project. A steady stream including Of Monsters and Men and Girl Talk went a long way towards getting us through countless hours of production.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
GS & HSS: Heather Roberge, Greg Lynn, Joshua Tarron
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