In conjunction with the 2013-14 University Wide theme: Year of Sound
'College Palooza' is a fair celebrating the College, and offers academic departments an opportunity to advertise various major and minor options for undeclared students in the University.
Students of ArchTank Undergraduate Architecture Society and Penn Encore Classical Music Society have partnered to design and construct a musical structure which will represent the Architecture and Music departments at the University's 2014 annual 'College Palooza' fair.
Project display featured in 2014 Penn Design Undergraduate Architecture Exhibition
Ray Trace Studies
A series of architectural acoustic studies exploring methods of visualizing the interaction of sound in a given architectural space
Alvar Aalto: Viipuri Library Auditorium Study
Use of parametric modeling software based on Snell's Law of refraction to produce a visual scattering of rays similar to the effects of a soundburst study
Original sketches by Aalto attempting to visualize the scattering of sound within a section of his library auditorium in order to determine an optimal ceiling contour
Axonometric projection depicting translation of results of a 3D soundburst study into consecutive sections
Resulting ray trace sections for central sound burst position
Closeup of soundburst origin
Frank Lloyd Wright: Johnson Wax Building Study
Exercise in developing personal drawing style to represent an iconic work of architecture as a ruin, using combined efforts of computer modeling and manual drawing techniques. The resulting representation depicts the Johnson Wax Building atrium as a cold storage facility, overlaying a ray trace study of the interior as a means of emphasizing the reverberant nature of the space.
Penn Design | Summer 2012
Seltzer Digital Media Award | Allison Lazo Hallingby College Alumni Society Award
In an effort to expand on the work of Iannis Xenakis with the use of modern scripting and music mixing technology, this study provides a link between music composition and an architectural topography.
A study of the structural capabilities of electronic musical composition inspired by the conceptual work of Iannis Xenakis and his design for the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Xenakis' design included specifications for an iconic gridded stage in which elevations of individual rectangular platforms could be adjusted throughout a performance.
Music clips are recorded into the sound mixing software. Rows are cued in succession, causing the illuminated pattern of arranged samples to move vertically across the grid throughout the duration of the composition.
With the help of Ableton Live mixing software, a series of sonic variations are created through assorted combinations of eight recorded sound samples.
Arranged and cued with the 8x8 Novation Launchpad light grid, each sample version is assigned a column, allowing for varied sample combinations along each row.
The resulting light pattern can be translated into elevations with the use of bitmap scripting techniques found in the generative modeling program, Grasshopper.
Stage topography produced from light pattern gradients
Penn Design | Summer 2013
Andrew A. Mellon Humanities Fellowship | Kelson Family College Alumni Society Award
A form-finding study of the acoustical and structural benefits of parabolic design inspired by the works of Antoni Gaudi and Iannis Xenakis
Gaudi - Light
Completed in 2011, the strikingly tall sanctuary interior to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia reflects Antoni Gaudi's obsession with non-Euclidean forms for both their structural potential and visually reflective capabilities.
The following view of the catenarian vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary and numerous hyperbolic light-wells visually portrays the reflective capability of the great hall
Closeup of hyperbolic light-well illustrates widespread diffusion of light source
Xenakis - Sound
Architect/composer Iannis Xenakis would define his late career around uses of non-Euclidean geometry, specifically the hyperboloid and hyperbolic paraboloid, in search of new forms of sonic and visual stimulation in relation to structure.
The following early sketches of his famed 'Polytope', a tent-like structure comprised solely of hyperbolic paraboloids, exemplifies Xenakis' use of the reflective potential of the paraboloid to house a fully immersive concert experience of synchronized surround sound and laser lights
Alternate Polytope iteration consisting of lines of flashing lights arranged to form a semi-permeable hyperbolic enclosure
Parabolic Light Reflection Studies
In that sound and light both exist in the form of waves, each behaves identically when reflected off of various surface geometries. In the following parabolic resin studies, a ghost light is applied beneath the resulting surface geometry in order to visualize the behavior of sound along a given parabolic surface of varying complexity. Areas of greatest intensity of light correspond to regions of direct sound reflections, while regions cast in shadow represent regions of aural inactivity along a given surface
Formation of parabolic surfaces through method adapted from early tensile models of Gaudi and Xenakis, using lycra fabric, precisely weighted water balloons, and epoxy resin
Ghost light studies of resulting varied parabolic forms, reflective of acoustic properties of each complex surface
Visit to Sagrada Familia rooftop construction site