Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The component, acting as jig, is inherently variable in assembly and static in dimension. Through the use of quantity, angle, and distance, the component generates an anarchic patterning. Construction of the bridge relied heavily on attempting to apply the forces of compression parallel to the joint. Perpendicular compression on the [t] to the [o] joint resulted in structural failure. Remnants of fallen heros remain in the bridge construction as removal was tedious and destructive to the rest of the bridge structure.

The first artifacts and prototypes edges were shear and flat. To generate more component connection possibilities I made the decision to extend the [t] beyond the width of the [o]. This is what led to the connection of the implied walking surface. The surface would be constructed out of a sort of grate material to allow for views to the structure below. The inspiration for the patterning was retrieved from a meteorite cross-section, showing the Widmanst├Ątten patterning.


  1. Since I did not present in class, can you give some criticism of the diagrams?

  2. after seeing the first image, I wondered for a minute if Bay View had gotten hit by an atomic bomb and all that was left standing was your bridge.

  3. Exciting project. The meaning and content of the diagrams is clear. The rounded corners in the second page are out of place.

  4. Excellent bridge Tom. You've re imagined the concept of bridging for me. The gnarly, tumbled character of this specimin is superb. I see how the meteorite images and the final form relate in a sort of gestalt; the bridge LOOKS like the wierd forms in the photos, but is there a way to show how the interlocking facet is connecting to the meteorite? The connection I want to see is the jump from the meteorite images to the T+O interlocking object jig thing. (I would definetly lose the rounded rectangle, or use it everywhere. It just seems like this project wants corners though...)

    Pivot Diagram: Top row is a notation which coordinates with the left hand column of configuration icons. But, visually, the top row looks so much like the specimens that its distinction as notation vs. data/content is blurred. This may not be a problem for you, in fact, the graphic reads very well as is. A light gray very thin horizontal line under the top row would help.

    Nice work Tom,
    thanks again!


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