Using grids and existing structures – familiarization
    Matt Hoefler

    Looking at Moeckel’s project that includes structural grid systems we can notice two factors that become very useful in design.  The first factor that I see is that when designing its very helpful to create a grid pattern to help associate where certain elements will be.  A grid can be used for material choices, structural elements , columns, beam lines, all issues related within an existing building.

    The second factor that I see as useful is the fact that the gird can be seen even after construction, the grid shows itself in a matter that makes all issues easier.  When dealing with existing structures there is always a large unknown factor that makes it challenging to find a solution.  However if there is a grid in place the contractor / architect / engineer can all see what the original intent of the gird system was.  Whether the grid was used for glazing patterns, structural loading, material changes or any type of MEP, we can form ideas around what exactly we are dealing with.  This is really helpful when dealing with any type of alteration or revision to an existing form. If we can see what the gird was created for the new design can incorporate the original intent of the existing structure or material. Of course its not always easy to see where the gird is or if there is even any grid system at all, but if there is we can create and extend the intent of the structure.  using this we can accommodate almost anything and really use the original character rather than starting over.


    Really all grid systems remind me of Ching and his ideas behind why girds exist and what they should be used for

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    A basic form study of the freedom we have with in association to an existing structure/grid layout

    2.02.1 2.02.2 2.02.3 2.02.4 2.02.5 2.02.6When thinking about the four parts “contractor, associative, existing structure and Revit” that make up this project.

    I started looking back at how the contractor is defined furnishing supplies. The basis of this design started with and already furnish structural model which we could say was supplied by a contractor, from this I started working with Revit by making a family. From this family it allow me to make associations to the existing structure/grid layout… Within these images you will see red lines these lines are dependent on the structure and grid layout. Whereas the blue line show the independent lines that make the forms that are not dependent on the grid or structure. While still being able to apply the structure to these independent forms… The elevation is dependent on a side in the family that was created in Revit. While the height of the new forms are not dependent on the structure/grid, they are associated with the structure do to the dependence of the family within the structure/grid… As I have worked with this program it helps me to see how much room there is within a design while still working on grid or already existing structure.  It would seem as though there’s not much room to work or created some new or different because of the existing structure. But that is just not the case at all. I believe this example can show the freedom we can have even with in an existing structure.