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
– Experiments 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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