Philosophy of Structures
Temporary Website of the Winter 2016 Class

The Power Point presentation
(big file, be patient!)
 given in the first class Friday January 8
I will order the 100 balloons for each student and you all can reimburse me.

Arch 528
An email I sent to all of you this morning (March 28 2014)

Hi all,

Hayley Martin pointed out to me a few days ago that I had the end-of-term date wrong; it is not Monday April 14, as I mistakenly had written in my agenda- it is Friday April 11, as Mary Lanni-Campoli confirmed. What Mary also mentioned, to my surprise, is that Monday April 7 there will be no classes because of the Provincial election.
This makes the class next Monday the last scheduled class of the term.

What I propose is the following: That we set aside two periods of two hours in which, in two groups everybody can present their projects. Two sessions would mean  7 or 8 presentations of 15 minutes each would fit into a two hour slot. We can discuss when these sessions will take place in Monday's class, but I am open to any time over the next few weeks.
I am sorry for the mix-up, but I am confident that solution I porpose will give everybody a chance to show their project in a good atmosphere. On Monday I will leave the second hour for those who have questions about their projects.


Pieter Sijpkes 

More Fractal links
Fractal Link "The hidden dimension"
+ Ted "Stories about nature"

Philosophy of Structures Diagram of the history of structures page 1-8
Pre-midterm break brief review
The midterm, 1 hour exam will be on Monday March 17 1.30 to 2.30

Link to lecture 'The Power of Height" Feb. 10
Here is the material that was covered last week with Assignment 3 on top.

Assigment-1 due next Monday
Seasonally relevant construction exercise: A fabric reinforced, self-supporting ice shell.
Taking advantage of the cold weather (which will last till Saturday according to the latest weather forecast:
Use a stretchy piece of fabric, and model it some 3D fashion, letting it free hang over a round edge like a garbage can or propping it up by a few sticks or a balloon, and let it freee outside.
Photograph the process and the final structure, and discuss your results in class next Monday.

Notes on the 2014 course.

Philosophy of Structures has been given for many years; first by Professor Peter Collins in the 1980, then by Harry Mayerovitch in the 190's and by Pieter Sijpkes from the late 1990's on. The course has always an elective,  seminar course, with relatively few students. These two aspects have made the course very flexible in terms of content and methods. For a few years a lot of attention was given to the (then) new Fractal Geometry and its possible implications for architecture. In recent years we have given much thought to the implications and possibilities of computer aided design and manufacturing. In this term it is proposed we continue in this vein. We will look at form giving/form finding approaches through the ages in the introductory phase of the course, and focus later on on the digital methods applied widely these days. Students are encouraged to come up with a form-giving, form-finding project that they can realize, either in a manually fabricated model, or by one of the three digitally driven systems that are at our disposal in the the School: the laser cutter, the CNC router and the ice robot.
There will be lectures which will draw on materials covered in previous years; there will be readings of appropriate material, and there will be a midterm exam. Instead of a final exam there will be a final project assignment.

One of the infinitely varied snow crystals in nature
A gravity-created 3D form, digitally modeled
The Eindhoven, Holland, "Blob" by Fukas
Link to paper on 3D printing for use in Architecture and Sculpture.