Student Work 13

The works in this section show pieces from a course for architectural designers entitled "Structures". The course teaches basic engineering concepts in structures (tension, compression, and so on). It also looks at the question of "structures" in a larger context: social structures, philosophical structures, knowledge structures, and so on, and how they relate to the work of architects and designers, and the built environment.

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Project: Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel"
Here, students were asked to create a model based on the description of the "infinite library" from the Borges story. The story recounts the structure of a fantastical library of hexagonal chambers stretching out in all directions forever.

One interpretation of the Library's hexagonal chambers and adjoining facilities...

A sketch of the Library's hexagonal chambers and how they connect...

A detailed model of the Library's hexagonal chambers around a larger central chamber...

Yet another interpretation: miniature watercolour paper model of the Library's hexagonal chambers with Möbius strip connectors...
 
Project: Natural Structures
In this project, students were asked to examine a structure in nature, along with the possibility of modelling it in watercolor paper, board, etc.

An analysis of the structure of the exoskeleton of a sea horse, along with a preliminary watercolour paper model...




An detailed analysis of three natural structures: pinecone, leaf, and mushroom...