Sunday, May 26, 2013

University of Minnesota School of Architecture ~ Light & Stone

This is incredible! Light and Arches, my favorite things: of Minnesota School of Architecture ~ Student Work Sky
Author(s)Participants in 2011 catalyst
Date PostedJune 7, 2011 9:18 AM
ProgramM. Arch
DescriptionIn an era of active material investigation, light has become an increasingly important ingredient in the pursuit of optimal and unforeseen material effects. One notable trend has been the adoption of fiber optic principles of bending and extending light to a variety of materials--such as light pipes, acrylic tubes, and mirror ducts. These principles have been harnessed to produce responsive material effects at the scale of a detail, as well as smart day lighting and energy optimization strategies at the scale of a building. This four-day intensive design + research catalyst introduced examples of light behavior and material integration, in addition to methods for developing physical structures that utilize light as a primary ingredient. Participants designed and constructed multivalent lenses and surfaces that filter, modify, and channel light emitted by a mirror duct system called the 3M Light Guide that is being installed in the second-floor south studio space in Rapson Hall.


Stereotomic Structures Catalyst

Author(s)Participants in 2011 catalyst
Date PostedJune 7, 2011 8:52 AM
ProgramM. Arch
InstructorBenjamin Ibarra-Sevilla

The goal of this Catalyst "Stereotomic Structures" is to analyze, understand and apply practically some principles of stereotomy in architecture. This Catalyst Studio explores stonecutting properties, rules and reactions of self-supporting structures made of stone. The aim of this Catalyst is to create a vehicle to translate drawing into a spatial map of gravity forces depicted by objects on the space gathered by stereotomic rules.

This course emphasizes very particular constructive characteristics of masonry using skew arches as provocateurs. The lens to observe and develop architecturally these type structures takes a specific problem of stereotomy faced by stone masons in the past when arches were supported on oblique walls. The study of the skew arches focuses on how "the constructive" is the creative engine of the architecture. The goal is to understand history through architectural technology exploring different modes of practice in the discipline of architecture.





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  1. Stereotomic Structures Catalyst - University of Minnesota

    Jun 7, 2011 – The goal of this Catalyst "Stereotomic Structures" is to analyze, understand and apply practically some principles of stereotomy in architecture.

  2. Stereotomic Structures | U of M School of Architecture Graduate ...

    Benjamin Ibarra/Enrique Lastra or Rene Caro: Stereotomic Structures (1cr) This Catalyst Studio will explore the stereotomic properties, rules and reactions of ...

    Working with stone, stone cutting:

    Stereotomic | Define Stereotomic at

    Stereotomic definition, the technique of cutting solids, as stones, to specified forms and dimensions. 

    Definition of Stereotomy

    1. 1. stereotomic research
      Explaining "Stereotomics" defined by architects of the past ... elements inbuildings according to their relative stability characteristics (Frampton, 1995).

    2. Gottfried Semper addresses the classification of ... - Building Matters

      Conversely, the stereotomic Semper defines as “earthwork, formed out of the ...Buildings acquire meaning through their act of building from the ground up, ...

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