There is a long tradition of pavilions in architecture history. Pavilions are often experimental structures in which an architect can test his or her ideas. For this project, you will be designing a pavilion that will function as a “gateway”. This project has a broad meaning in architecture, transportation, and computation.
Choose one of the following structural or formal systems: Gridshell, Repeating Module/ Space-filling polyhedra, Weaving, Bent-Plate, Catenary form-finding, Minimal Surface form-finding, Circle/ Sphere Packing, Geodesic, Tensegrity, Moire Effect, Bending, Tongue and Groove, etc. The best proposals will be invited to build a full-scale pavilion for the City Tech Foundations “Best of
New York Fundraiser” next fall or for “Fab Fest” in the University of Westminster, London in July (if it happens). For the final project, you will design a pavilion in groups of 3. You will build a full-scale section (generally the footprint for this portion of the model must be 3’x9’) and a scaled model of the pavilion (no smaller than ½” = 1’). The pavilion must not be larger than 9’x9’x6’. The main source of material to be used is corrugated cardboard (exception will be made for structural systems that require alternate materials). It can
be free-standing, hanging, or cantilevering. Designs need to take properties of the material into account and take advantage of their structural capabilities.
The design strategy will be sequenced accordingly:
Back to Form, Structural system and Concept
Design and build a pavilion in collaborative groups of two or three employing fabrication and computational methods.