Interpretations of Landscapes
    Matthew Dunham

    Hoefler’s  parametric arcs and curves perhaps defamiliarize with the intended rural landscape with its bold attempt trying to blend in. Prize-winning artist Anthony Gormley has been creating figures from clay for over a decade, I first saw one of his galleries in Beijing China in 2004. The photo below shows an art installation of 180,000 of these 6″ tall figures.  This familiarizes with Hoefler’s  project as this installation is simple but becomes a variation of a landscape itself and both are temporary and designed regardless of site. Together, in their simplicity, these clay figures become a landscape on their own blending into their own tapestry and subtly dominating the surroundings with their presence.  Furthermore, this art installation defamiliarizes with Hoefler’s work in that its simple profile and repetitious manner becomes a subtle statement. Perhaps we as designers see things as needing to be large to fulfill the requirement given by a client, versus small and simple but in abundance. Both projects are iterations of landscapes interpreted by different artists both creating vastly unique results. 


    “The art is not there to be looked at; it is looking at you.”- Gormley



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    Generative landscape configurations
    Matt Hoefler

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    For this set of project values my mind instantly went to rolling landscapes and what we can do as designers to create and utilize these natural conditions. Since the first year at this program we have been taught to use the land wisely and to design around a set of specific criteria.  Sun, Wind and Light are all apart of the criteria that makes a good site designer. So using the idea of natural generation of land and specific client needs I created a few different ideas that could lead to an interesting architectural design. Clients will typically have a site in mind or maybe want to consult an architect about a good site to choose for designing their home or business. Knowing how to choose a good site is difficult and has many variables.

    I have created a parametric shape that can be modified to allow for different possibilities. These arcs and curves could be in the form of a shelter, a landscape, or even a covered space with interesting dynamics. Maybe the owner is interested in tensile structures that can be removed in bad weather.  In any rural area its difficult to create permanent structures because of the constant weather battles (especially in ND and MN).  Tensile structures would be perfect in rural areas as addition buildings on a large landscape they can be easily put up and taken down. Using the idea of temporary structures I like to see the different variety of forms you can get from adjusting the original curves and spacing.  I used simple curves and divisions as well as Bi-Arcs to create this system of generative surfaces. Overall it was very interesting working in Rhino for the first time and experiencing how the program works with grasshopper and how challenging it can be.  The grasshopper addition is great it allows you to create shapes without even using rhino to physically draw something.