Drawing and experiments

Tuesday’s cross crit:
1. Exploded drawing that shows:
-Identification of different types of animal burrow.
-Methods that animals use to burrow.
-Insertion of human burrow and role of human as observer in underground.combined

2. Material Testing
РExperiments of gravel solidification using different material such as Resin, clay, plaster of paris, latex, hardener.
– To be developed as my technology proposal of replicating the mechanism that animals use to burrow.
(Rabbits use saliva and compression to solidify underground substrate; Can human use resin and compression to burrow?)


Some of the results of the experiments:

experiment-1 experiment-2 experiment-3

-Too literal of human and animal encounter/interaction. Think more on the purpose of bringing human into underground / animal habitat.
-What is the relationship between above ground and underground? Is this a new construction on site? The above ground structure could be built as camouflage.
-Find the potential needs of the site to relate to the programme proposal.
-Look for alternative material for Resin. Perhaps some materials that can be found on site/local, and also environmental friendly.
-Do experiments in a bigger scale using shingles instead of gravels, and record their transformation in time.
-Refer to Gramazio Kohler’s project “Rock Print” which they use just string to hold a huge shingle column.
ethz_rockprint_teaser_002 ethz_rp_22

To do list:
-To complete the documentation of the material experiments and make conclusion from there.
-To start new experiments using bigger scale and alternative material.
-Deep research on animal-human relationship to propose a stronger concept of animal-human coexistence. (Avoid too literal action of just putting the two parties together in one context)
-Drawings from experiments. (by 6th Dec)


One thought on “Drawing and experiments

  1. Points from Tuesday to add to / elaborate on those you have listed:

    – There needs to be a scenario as to why you are creating spaces for humans underground. Is this a reaction to the restrictions of the site, i.e. new construction being limited to existing footprints?

    – The potential of building with shingle could itself be a significant strand of enquiry, whether or not it is linked to the underground building idea. Again, is this a reaction to or interpretation of the planning restrictions on materials?

    – Scale up the model tests (make your own perspex boxes for these). Can you extract something about the performance of the material itself, leading to a need for less resin? (Rock Print / Gramzio Kohler http://gramaziokohler.arch.ethz.ch/web/e/forschung/275.html is a good precedent here)

    – Capture the experiments in video and think about the time element.

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