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  • K E N N Y S P E R L I N GLA303L_LANDSCAPE-ARCHITECTURE

    DESIGN-STUDIO_SPRING-2012 PULLMAN-WILCOX_CALIFORNIA-STATE

    POLYTECHNIC-UNIVERSITY-POMONA

    S T U D I O P R O J E C T S

    Everything that moves, whether animate or inanimate, is a flow system. A flow system wants to flow more efficiently, and over time will shape itself to do so. Therefore the filamentary interconnected structure of tree branches, of river deltas, of lightning, and of lungs are not accidental, but the result of a flow that connects one point to a large area, with infinite points.

    TO EXIST IS TO FLOW Mushroom mycelium can be compared with the overlapping information-sharing systems that comprise the Internet, with the networked neurons in the brain, and with computer models of dark matter in the universe. All share the same densely intertwingled filamental structure.

    Humans are comprised of the same common elements that are found throughout the universe. As such, it can be seen that humans are not distinctly different than the rest of Nature.

    The infinite that is the universe and all of Nature evolved to a single point that is the human condition.

    Humans are the only Natural process with the peculiar ability to imagine, and with the ability to take abstractions which does not exist and manifest them in the real world. This effect is allowed by some strange property of physics which allows incredibly dissimilar entities (the vastness of the universe compared to our own brains) to embody the same mathematical and causal structure and to do it more and more over time. In other words, we can visualize in our minds an increasingly greater number of things as we continue to learn.

    INDIVIDUALLY INFINITE

    humans

    as a forc

    e of crea

    tion

    humans

    as a biol

    ogical p

    rocess

    EVOLVING HUMAN CONSTRUCTS

    While merely a biological process of Nature, humans are

    also paradoxically unique compared to all of Nature.

    Humans have the capacity to bring into existence constructs which address the flows and behaviors of Natural systems as well as modulate those systems into controlled artificial networks.

    Sustainability and Envoronmentalism are only beginning stages of an understanding on how to perpetuate human survival. These are in reaction to the awareness that our survival is dependant upon the infinitely greater network of biological systems with which we share the earth.

    Sustainability is an early adaptation.

    Future materials would be able to react and adapt to changes in the environment. They could be involved in chemical exchanges with the soil or the atmosphere and could have the ability to do things like self-repair, or autonomously replicate. Materials of this type would be connected to flow systems and by being adaptable could prove to be far more resilient and even more permanent than our constructs are today.

    When life gets creative, it has a tendency to gravitate toward certain recurring patterns, whether those patterns are self-organizing, or whether they are deliberately crafted by human agents.

    Humans need to adopt the framework which permeates all of lifes systems. Nature has survived and will continue to survive indefinitely in some capacity with or without human influence. The key knowledge to obtain is that of the survivability of Nature which permeates not only biological processes, but within every dynamic system throughout the cosmos.

    As we increase the efficiency of the things we create, they are beginning to take on the appearance of biological structures. Cities have been compared to organisms, transportation systems look like blood flowing through veins, and human activity in urban environments have been called the citys heartbeat. The recurring patterns however, are only happening passively because they are a product of Natural efficiency. As we move into the future it will become ever more necessary that we can understand these processes and implement them deliberately into everything we create.

    concept

    MASONRY UNITTHE

    TRANSFORMED

    ALTERATION OF CONVENTIONAL MODULAR COMPONENTS PERMITTING THE INCLUSION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

    Fungal mycelium is a gateway organism for the introduction of all forms of life. A system designed to support mycelium and allow it to form an unbroken network will in turn support a multitude of living organisms. Adapting the conventional concrete masonry unit to serve this purpose permits such an infrastructure to be integrated and permeate throughout any urban setting and allow life to flourish in an organic fashion.

    KENNY SPERLING LA303L - spring 2012

    landscape architecture design studioprofs. lori pullman & andy wilcox

    california state polytechnic university pomona

    SOLIDS

    1 - general mass and form of solid 2 - general form and void connectivity 3 - void structure, form, and connectivity4 - void form and position 5 - structural void inclusion

    simple NURBS object doesnt easily support required symmetry

    mirrored but separate NURBS surfaces difficult to affect simultaneously subdivided mesh primitive

    overcomplication begins disrupting 3D symmetry higher subdivisions

    s1.0 s2.0 s3.0 s3.1 s4.0

    development process

    SCULPTURAL INFORMANTS

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    castings in plaster to inspire allure and functionality

    solution contributorfailed process

    intermediate processfinal solution

    interative procedure shown through solid and void progressions as well as the resulting progression of hybrids following combination

    indicators of development value

    VOIDS

    HYBRIDS

    HABITAT VOIDS

    STRUCTURAL VOIDS

    high-poly surface difficult to work with

    reintroduction of subdivision level from s3.0

    structural voids introduced on posterior half

    habitat void introduced on anterior half

    irregular voids create undesirable connections between units

    solution for void interconnectivity under staggered construction

    s4.1 s5.0 s5.1 s5.2 s5.3

    v0.1 v1.0 v2.0

    h1.0

    solving connectivity

    irregularities do not effectively host an interconnected system

    side view: front to front intersection

    successful void organization

    multi-channel habitat voids create aesthetic problems as there is no consistent visual barrier even when implementing thick walls of multiple units successful three-dimensional interconnectivity

    fundamental void solutiontop

    top front

    front

    connectivity applied to block primitive

    symmetry application in the Y-axis

    nonuniform overhangs unsupportive of staggered construction

    degradation of application uniformity

    symmetrical alteration of voidal structure via NURBS

    multi-dimensional symmetry unsupportive of staggered construction

    s6.0 s6.1 s6.2 s6.3

    v2.0 v2.0 v2.0 v2.0 v3.0 v3.1

    h2.0 h2.1 h2.2 h2.3

    resultant process-derived module design

    rendered module density analysis: top density analysis: orthographic void wireframe density analysis: front cross sectional representation system wireframe: front density analysis: side rendered void interior

    FUNDAMENTALS

    GROUND PLANE

    VERTICAL STRUCTURE

    proper dimensional symmetry in voids

    void simplification addressing practical and aesthetic considerations

    void simplification applied to current solid

    proper dimensional symmetry developed for solid

    void altered to address surface form of solid

    surface smoothing and high-poly translation develops product 1.0

    s6.3 s6.3

    v4.0

    h3.0 h4.0 h5.0 h5.1

    v5.0 v5.1

    v7.1 v7.2

    p1.0

    v5.2v5.1

    establishing a division between the structural and habitat components permitted an organization where rotations of the units would allow the frontal surface to become visible or recede into the built environment

    planter beds within an urban setting, whether directly on the ground or raised, could be connected to the habitat infrastructure; allowing vegetation to grow within the context of the greater system

    while maintaining subsurface and systematic connectivity, the module may also be inplemented on vertical surfaces to either improve the visual appearance of on otherwise typical wall or to showcase the connectivity the site is providing

    application procedures

    GROUND PLANE VERTICAL STRUCTURE

  • K E N N Y S P E R L I N G LA303L_LANDSCAPE-ARCHITECTURE-DESIGN-STUDIO_SPRING-2012 PULLMAN-WILCOX_CALIFORNIA-STATE-POLYTECHNIC-UNIVERSITY-POMONA

    PHASE01_HOST-RESEARCH HELVELLA LACUNOSAIN-PROGRESS GRAPHICS

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    PHASE01_HOST-RESEARCH HELVELLA LACUNOSALASER-CUT MODEL

  • K E N N Y S P E R L I N G LA303L_LANDSCAPE-ARCHITECTURE-DESIGN-STUDIO_SPRING-2012 PULLMAN-WILCOX_CALIFORNIA-STATE-POLYTECHNIC-UNIVERSITY-POMONA

    PHASE01_HOST-RESEARCH HELVELLA LACUNOSAINFOGRAPHIC POSTER

    ORIGINAL [24x36]

  • K E N N Y S P E R L I N G LA303L_LANDSCAPE-ARCHITECTURE-DESIGN-STUDIO_SPRING-2012 PULLMAN-WILCOX_CALIFORNIA-STATE-POLYTECHNIC-UNIVERSITY-POMONA

    PHASE02_INFORMED-SPECULATION SPECULATIONS IN PLASTERPHOTOGRAPHS OF MODELS PRODUCED

  • K E N N Y S P E R L I N G LA303L_LANDSCAPE-ARCHITECTURE-DESIGN-STUDIO_SPRING-2012 PULLMAN-WILCOX_CALIFORNIA-STATE