• Medial Surface Detailing

    Royce PEREZ & Yufeng ZHENG, "Medial Surface Detailing."
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard GSD
    critic: Andrew WITT.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Royce PEREZ & Yufeng ZHENG: Topological Surfaces deal with geometry at a local and global level of behavior. Locally, surfaces are defined through immediate curvature.

    Globally, networks of surfaces become topological configurations. A single Medial Curve is a series of interpolated points acting as midpoints between two curves in space. At a more intricate level, Medial Surfaces are structured by points along the curves set within a voronoi diagram.

    Conceptually, “Medial Surface Detailing” investigates the spatial enclosures created by the process above. An initial preliminary study tests the intrinsic nature of this process by setting an array of curves to define the medial surface. These curves vary by diameter, one dimensional scaling, height position, and movement along a fixed 3 x 4 module grid. Afterward, an investigative study took place by examining curves set within a 1 x 3 module grid to test for architectural implications. The investigative demonstrates the volumetric behavior when interacting with the curves set within the voronoi diagram. Mass is carved away by the defined curves. Once the Medial Surface is constructed, the volume is examined for structural rationale in order to create spatial enclosure.

    Examination begins by imposing a square grid on the primary surface. This grid extends to the depth of the medial surface, creating an egg crate structure to define it implicitly. Intersecting moments of the egg crate structure allow for tectonic expression at a local level.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    RP & YZ: The challenge of turning an authorless parametric output into an assembly with authored tectonic intentions.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    RP: Listening to: Arcade Fire; Modest Mouse; TV on the Radio; and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
    YZ: Listening to: Jack Johnson; Linkin Park; and Anberlin.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    RP: UNStudio, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Neil Denari, and Pamphlet Architecture.
    YZ: Woods Bagot, OFIS, and BIG.

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    Special thanks to the GSD Fabrication Lab: Rachel Vroman, Burton LeGeyt, and Richard Tursky.

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