Spatial Apparatus

with Alan Dana & Derek Greene

Starting with experimentation in tessellation and manipulation of paper and cardboard, we went through several iterations to find a module that was flexible as well as structural. Using Gehry Technologies Digital Project as the tool the module was instantiated through a context model to create the final product that was carefully unfolded digitally and put together manually. Over 700 individual pieces were laser cut and put together into one full- scale installation.
The module and the full-scale installation, had to embody characters that allowed for the environmental conditions to be controlled and utilize. The modules had to work together to be flexible as well as structural. The installation is site-specific, understanding the protection from sun and wind, as well as the traffic of students was important to the design. The final product worked with the environmental conditions while giving a nice place to meet or rest.


It was a long and arduous process! Over 700 laser cut pieces, each folded and assembled into one large installation. Probably the most fun I have had in a studio.

Choosing the site was easy, we wanted to find a place where people often meet, and was visible from many angles, one that would showcase the installations’ openness as well as its pocket spaces. We chose under the stairs in the Architecture courtyard. A place where two buildings met and students and professors interacted from all directions.

Digital Project was used as a tool for creating the context file and instantiating the modules. It allowed us to work with the site conditions to find an appropriate solution.