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digitization and prototyping


  • Module Two: Design - Week 5Virtual Environments (ENVS 10008)

    Catherine Mei Min Woo562729Semester 2/2012Group 13

  • DigitizationHeadpiece


    Due to delayed design finali-zation, delayed digitization

    process was carried forward with technical difficultiues

  • Design AlternativesHeadpiece

    DeathDesign 1: Sketches and clay model

    Design 2: Inspired by previously proposed design, and intergrat-ed into the second design

  • Reflection

    After successfully digitizing the basic form of the subject, several design alter-natives were explored in relation to the design focus, which was the curvature, shadows and the interraction of light with patterns.

    The initial design was evaluated and revised to a larger, grander design. This was inspired through the analysis of one of the previous designs which focused on fulfiling the design criteria through aesthetics, hence a more whimsical and elegant looking design as opposed to a physically sustainable model.

    Through combining the ideas of form and functionality, as described in the lectures and readings, the second design emerged from the combination of both designs. This resulted in a physically sturdy structure that can theoretically sustain itself as well as a frame for pattern intergration, while retaining aesthetic elegance that remains relevant to the theme of Death, addressing the focus on curvature as well as shadows. Furthermore, he larger wing span creates a more magestic and looming setting compared to the shorter wing span in the first design.


  • Paper PrototypesHeadpiece


    Shadows on various surfaces, with different light source direc-tion and projections

    Paper prototype mimicing the curvature of the proposed


  • Paper PrototypesHeadpiece

    DeathWire mesh prototype

    Paper prototype: simplified for panelling

  • Reflection

    The process of making paper prototypes assiested greatly in the segmentation of the design. Through this process, the computation of the design into the Rhino software, as reflected in the lectures and readings, is streamlined, as the physical parameters are made clear through experimentation with materials that behavae similarly to the actual building material. This however, is also sub-ject to change as the scale/material changes.

    Through making the prototype to mimic the curvature, created a precident to attempt to simplify/replicate such forms, and hence, the use of wire meshes to replicate the shape of the design before being transfered onto paper for observation and simplification.

    The design was then broken up into four key parts, the overhead wing, the core, the left wing, and the right wing.