This project aimed to solve the current greenhouse shading system’s persistent failure due to mechanical stress.
Using wood veneer, laser-cut acrylic, and 3D-printed hexagons, we engineered a hygroscopic, entirely- passive, humidity-activated plant shading system for applications in urban farming in Northern California.
When the veneer is waterlogged, the wood fibers expand. They push on one another but are restricted by the backing material (non-stretch), which causes a curling effect, opening apertures on the facade of a greenhouse allowing for light and ventilation. Conversely, the panels flatten and close as they dry which provides shade during hot periods of the day.
Through this project I learned to use Grasshopper, a parametric design plug-in for Rhino3d, digital and tangible rapid prototyping.
This project investigates and abstracts a precedent study. The original building, designed by Selgas Cano, functions as an auditorium and meeting center in Plasencia, Spain. This interpretation uses 3D-printed parametric geometry to generate an abstracted structure of the external facade.
For Architecture Studio we were tasked with designing and building a paper massing model of a building originally drafted by a specific architect. Designed by Toyo Ito, the U-house was first constructed in Japan in 1976. My rendition shows the void space in the original house as mass, putting the emphasis on the spaciality of the house's construction.
This final project for Architecture 11B utilized the massing model pieces from the U-House, re-orienting them to create an entirely new form. I then was able to hollow out the massing and draft a series of plans, sections, renderings as well as a model from the original pieces.