Month: October 2006

Architectural Curved Geometry – Reiser+Umemoto’s Aeon

I’m in love with this design. It’s from REISER+UMEMOTO, an architectural design firm, done for an international competition in the U.A.E. for one of Dubai’s mega-complex plans. You can navigate through the site (it’s under “projects” and then “Aeon”) or hit the link directly to the project page here. Wow. I didn’t know that people designed things like this. I’m enthralled.

Square Weave Tessellation

square_weave_project_5.jpg Originally uploaded by EricGjerde. Uses offset square twists in the back to make the open squares in the front. As mentioned on the flickr page- Where did I first see this? Is it yours? I have seen it many places, but I can’t seem to recall (or find) the first one I ever saw. If you have folded this, and have a copy online, would you consider posting a link to it in the comments for this blog post? Or if you don’t wish to do that, I’d also be happy to hear from you via email- you can reach me at -Eric Gjerde

Square Twist Illustrations

all_6_square_twist_illos.png Originally uploaded by EricGjerde. The last in this series. Just sharing the quasi-final product with you, in case you were following along. What do you think? It needs some arrows and of course it’s missing the instructive text, but then again it’s not for public consumption in this state of completion. If nothing else, I have picked up a new technique for future personal efforts, and that’s never a bad thing to have.

Square Twist Illustration, v2 (WIP)

Square Twist Illustration, v2 (WIP) Originally uploaded by EricGjerde. I’ve been working on some illustration techniques, to try to make illustrations for a project I am working on. I am most definitely not an illustrator (a glance at my work will “illustrate” that) but I’m trying to learn a bit; this technique of tracing over an existing image works well, but it becomes very important to capture the right image to use- bad angles, weird shadows, and other things that get in the way will make your traced-over illustration particularly inaccurate. In this case, I cut’n’pasted the 5 different shots I was working with into a single doc for your viewing (dis)pleasure; this does not represent the layout or anything of that nature, so don’t worry about that. I threw some shadows onto the illustration in the upper right corner to try out a technique for doing that- I’m reasonably pleased with the results, but it needs some tweaking, and some better attention to light source directionality. Also, it was suggested in the comments on …

Ron Resch

Ron Resch, curved folds (from Ron Resch) I highly recommend you check out the fledgling website belonging to Ron Resch, a visionary mathematician and designer who was one of (if not *the*) first to explore the architectural potential of 3D tessellated structures in the 1960’s and 70’s. Only lately have I been exposed to more of his work, and the more I see the more I want to know. He has a film- called “The Paper and Stick Film”- which is apparently quite a fascinating thing to watch. He has a link to purchase this from his website, but it still seems to be a non-functioning link. (The minute this becomes available I’m buying it!) It looks like he updated his site with some more photos of his patents and some additional historical photos of things he has worked on, too, so if you’ve been to the site before I suggest visiting it again. Tom Hull talked a good bit about Resch at the Origami USA convention this year, and really intrigued me to look …