Jonathan worked with Gabriel Li to design a cart for the Stop's night market
, a charity night food market where designers are paired with chefs. ¶ To address this year's theme of material re-use, the design uses excess heat (a common waste product) from candles alongside recycled materials to generate a blinking beacon that will animate the surroundings as the evening event progresses. ¶ By crafting small fins in the cans, the heat generated within the point suspended pop cans causes them to turn. ¶ Each vertical stack of pixels produces a continuous chimney allowing the natural movement of hot air to increase the frequency of blinking rotations as it moves from the bottom to the top row. The final patterns projected become an index of both the level of heat within the pixel and the (typically) invisible process of heat escape. ¶ Although evoking the digital, the project is thoroughly old school. No digital fabrication required.
THE NEW NON STANDARD
This project attempts to offer a test case for the potentials of including non-standard inputs in the architectural design process. Until now the ‘non-standard’ has been celebrated as a liberating alternative to the homogenizing formal tendencies of mass production. This type of production has however continued to require the use of standardized input material (The prototypical example being ubiquitous stacked plywood CNC milling). Such practices constitute a unnecessarily inefficient production circuit that typically moves from non-standard input (such as a tree) to standardized material (such as plywood or dimensional lumber) back to non-standard forms through digital fabrication. ¶ A more direct translation is proposed here, in the design of a workshop building for the fabrication and assembly of digitally designed furniture. Unlike more typical precedents, this simple enclosure --it is essentially a shed-- is an experiment in analyzing, manipulating and utilizing site found geometries --in this instance trees-- rather than idealized or imposed ones. Such processes are not new, and are related ideologically to old techniques such as timber boat construction in which the form of the selected tree contributed to the final form of the boat. Common to these are a resistance to the absolute dominance of either the final conceptual image or a standardized material process, instead allowing the participation of irregular input material as a co-author in the determination of outward form. ¶ Now with the aid of digital design and manufacturing this project attempts to offer a renewed look at alternatives to current practices both in terms of material efficiency, and in hopes of opening new potentials for formal exploration.
Advisor: Axel Kilian