Manipulating Ruled Surfaces

Manipulating Ruled Surfaces

Constrained by a 600x600x600 box encouraged the parameters of ruled surfaces to be adapted. After testing various iterations this outcome proved to be the most visually intriguing, offering alternative forms dependent on perspective.

Linda Barnsley – Week 4 – Hyperbolic Structures



An exploration of the ruled surface:

I first experimented with how altering different components of the hyperboloid, for example the number of struts, the location of the joints, and the number of joints, affects the shape of the hyperboloid. This lead me to looking at intersecting hyperboloids, and containing them within other structures. The images above show the final product of these experiments involving a total of 9 hyperboloids.

Abdulrahim Alkooheji – The Tetris Effect

The Tetris Effect

The game of Tetris challenges players to create order out of chaos using a specific organisation system, in order to strategically fit objects of different sizes and shapes together with minimal empty space. The components of the game are easily applied into architectural design. Close Packing is referred to as the subdivision of space in which as little space as possible, or none, is left over (Burry and Burry, 2012, p. 79).

Summer Show Pavilion 2015

In summer 2015 a pavilion was produced by students of the unit for the Leeds School of Art Architecture and Design summer show. This pavilion aimed to re-purpose the system designed for the Christmas installation, exploring how the same component pieces could be combined to suit new function. This challenges the form of the previous installation, transforming the system from a object viewed from the external into a structure which could be occupied, and provided the facility to display students works. Designed by Nick Hart-Woods, Paul Bedson and Richard Arthur.IMG_2022 IMG_2028 IMG_2033 IMG_2052 IMG_2054

Leeds Alternative Christmas Tree 2014

Tree 01At the request of Brewery Wharf, students of the Abstract Machines unit designed a Christmas installation in place of the traditional Christmas tree. Designed by Nick Hart-Woods and Paul Bedson Initial developments of form used a tessellation system, aiming to imply the form of a tree by applying the use of grid structure for strength and patterning. Of particular interest to the installation development was the use of light and the interaction between shadow, pattern, light and form. Perspective34 Perspecfgfgftive_3Tree 072Tree 08

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Praxis Pavilion

In 2014, students of the Abstract Machines unit were given the opportunity to design and fabricate an installation for the Summer Show. The project was developed by Paul Bedson and Nick Hart-Woods, with guidance from tutors within the unit and displayed at the Leeds Beckett Faculty of Art and Architecture Exhibition Opening 2014. The installation focuses on the use of Tensegrity as a structural system, combining tensile cables with rigid panels to create resilient form.


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Mediation within the Urban Archipelago


The thesis bases itself in the abandoned city of Varosha in Cyprus and seeks to address the repurposing of this previously abandoned area outside of national politics. Establishing a libertarian state based on a charter city model, which operates free of national agenda and focuses purely on financial strength.

Within this construct of segregation and high competition, the existence of bi-partisan decision-making and alliance development is scarce. The ‘Mediation Centre’ on which the design focuses, provides a neutral facility in which matters of concern can be addressed and resolved. It is located within the ever-changing boundary of the enclaves and uses its control of power over the area as leverage to facilitate the negotiation process. Officials and representatives of the corporate factions gather in the safety of the mediation compound to work towards securing their preferred outcome.

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The System

The boundary condition required the development of a component-based system in which structure and form could be easily reconfigured over time to reflect the power change. This system was developed through the use of parametric computational definitions exploring a variety of spatial constructs.


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Space Forming

Further Development of Thesis proposition utilizing component structures and lattice frame systems to create the adaptable mediation centre that filters through the Libertarian reimagining of Famagusta.
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The systems acts as an armature for mediation between segregated enclaves, meanders throughout the city along the boundaries of corporately controlled enclaves, shifting on the edge of economic success and failure.

Spaces are formed within the matrix by carving voids from within the dense structure, using the varying density of component previously developed to enclose and create a range of spatial qualities.
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Path-finding algorithms are used to illustrate the optimum routes through the matrix to connect the pre-programmed spaces, the diagrams below show an instance of a possible configuration of the system to create a space for debate, and the optimal pathways that would be used to connect these spaces.
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Component System Research

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Thesis Project development
Focusing on a system and space that facilitates the mediation between the theorized corporate enclaves the initial drive was to consider methods of rapid reconfiguration through component based structure

here we see Investigations into the use of component geometries to create varied form, design development focused on a building system utilizing varied scale components of consistent geometry

Initial ideas based on theories and geometries from the works of Neil Adam Gershenfeld and Kenneth Cheung into lightweight composite structures.

The Urban Archipelago

Architecture as a diagnostic tool

Urban Archipelago

The Urban Archipelago project unifies performative diagramming and design research with an aim to using architecture as a method of illustrating the socio-political issues of Cyprus.This diagnostic manifestation allows us to interact with the unseen factors present in society.

This representation develops through a system of competitive corporate enclaves. These enclaves expand and contract depending on their economic success and develop parasitically through the preexisting urban fabric.

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