Feathered Edge
    Peter Edward Atwood

    This installation  at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles I think suggest a different application of Hoefler’s work. Instead of seeing the rhino(GH) forms as existing landscapes or representing landscapes the design team sough to alter a space through installing very simple materials in a complex way. I wonder if an installation of this nature would have ever of been imagined or contemplated prior to the introduction of advanced  digital computation.



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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.