A#1 Cellular Structures


Assignment 1: Cellular Structures I


Assemblages; Chris Lasch & Benjamin Aranda

In this semester’s Design Computing course, we will be dealing with the term “Emergence” once again, but in a wider perspective.

Step 1: Void and Solid

Draw five solid primitives. These could be cube(s), pyramid(s), cylinder(s).. etc.  Place one reference point on each solid. These could be on the surfaces or inside of their volumes. Now prepare a chart in Rhino similar to the one you see below:

  Solid A Solid B Solid C Solid D Solid E
Void A   B-A C-A D-A E-A
Void B A-B   C-B D-B E-B
Void C A-C B-C   D-C E-C
Void D A-D B-D C-D   E-D
Void E A-E B-E C-E D-E  

Replace Solid A,B,C,D,E and Void A,B,C,D,E with your objecs. Execute boolean difference at every combination of your shapes, each time assuming one as a solid, and another one as a void object. Subtract B,C,D, and E from A and place them on the appropriate cells of your chart. Do not change the relative position or orientation of the shapes while combining them. If a boolean operation fails in a step, skip that combination


You are expected to generate emergent solid and void forms. Each intersection should also consist of approximately %50 solid and %50 void. When finished, look at the combinations and erase any rows or columns if you think they are not succesfull in terms of these criteria. You may change the primitive object, or its orientation (rotation, scale etc.), or the reference point you used to position it on other objects. Re-execute the boolean difference on the replaced rows or columns until you think all of your 20 combinations are ok.

Step 2: Part and Whole

In this step, you’ll generate a 3d solid-void pattern by copying one of the solid shapes you’ve generated in class exercise. First, take a closer look at your results of the first step. Choose 3 of them to that, when combined they should be able to create seamless surfaces (remember porous voids inclass). Generate your 3d pattern using copies of these shapes.

  • Please consider following criteria in chosing and placing your components:
  • Consistency of component orientation, alignment (no random placements!)
  • Clear explanations every decision you make (by text or arrows)
  • Exploration of new emergent solids and voids within your 3d pattern

Design A3 posters explaining your modeling process step-by-step. Do not forget to add text explanations on your posters. Submit your posters on the course blog (Maximum file size: 1 MB)

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