Have you ever been at a park or common and just wished you had a seat? Did you ever want to carry more than just what you could fit on your back? Well, there is now a solution, called the wheel of life.
Technically, it’s not a wheel. It’s actually a dodecahedron, a regular polygon with 12 sides. It is 7.5 feet tall, and a user can stand inside it. Since it is rather large, the best mode of transportation is actually walking inside of it, and it is built for a person up to 6.5 feet tall.
Regularly, walking inside of a giant wheel made of plywood would be difficult, due to the weight of the plywood. To combat this issue, the wheel has been made of multiple “frames” of wood that reduce the weight.
The solid pieces can be used as storage or as seats. Although the quarter scale model does not have doors, the full scale version will have locking doors so that your baggage does not simply fall out. There are 4 of this units on the wheel.
The table units are aptly named, since they can be used as tables. They are exactly like the vanilla pieces, but they have a top table portion. In this model, the table cannot be detached, however, the final version’s tables will be able to be taken off. There are 2 of these units. On the quarter scale model, there are two types of tables. The first is a solid table, and the second is a table made of beams. On the final edition, both of the tables will be made of beams.
The vanilla units have a bottom and two sides. They make up half of the polygon and are used mainly for walking on. They can also be used as a place to lie down or sit in the different configurations this structure has.
When a user is ready to settle down, whether he wants to sit or lie down, one of the vertices of the polygon can actually detach, which would allow the polygon to unroll. Using these unrolled pieces, the wheel can be folded into many different structures. These include a bed, a lounge chair, and a tabled sitting area. Although the structure is relatively light, it is actually very sturdy. In full scale, multiple people would be able to sit on this structure without causing any damage.
To the nomad, this structure is useful because it is a mode of transportation, carries luggage, and allows interaction with the local community (through the use of the different configurations). For example, the polygon can unfold into a dining table.
We decided to make frames of plywood so it would be lighter and easier for the person to carry around. Fortunately, Beverly was able to make two different bed configurations, in addition to three different chair setups. The best apart bout the three different elements within the wheel, is that when built or folded into furniture, it is sturdy enough to hold your weight. But for the actual life size scale, we would you 3/4 inch plywood, so that the structure is solid and good.
The solid trapezoids were used for storage, and their were four of them in the whole entire wheel.
Since there were three different designs for the wheel the trapezoid with a cover on it, so it can be used a table top. There were two table tops, used in the wheel.
There were three different designs for the octagon wheel at the time. As a result my group decided to have six open spaced trapezoid which would be used for the person to sit, sleep, or walk on.
The original idea for the foldable tent started out a triangular prism, all made from one piece of plastic. The tent would be triangular and have build in steaks and would be self supported through folds. Many ideas and folding patterns were experimented with, but none of them provided adequate support or maximized the space inside of the tent. After pitching the idea to our coaches, it was decided that the idea was not original and was generally flawed. However, the folding concept remained a feasible option because it would create a light and self supported product which also had a modern and appealing aesthetic aspect. After spending about half of a week with the Cocoon Room group, Dan and I began making a separate project which included folding. Right away we began using a fold pattern which was fan folded and had one on each side. We then laser cut a frame for each side of the fold pattern. This version of the tent would be even more versatile than the original concept of the folding tent since it could be used as an awning as well as being able to fold 180 degrees which would provide full protection from the elements. This fold pattern provided great support at small scale, but it would not have had proper support at full scale. So, as suggested by Andrew and Yu, we added another fold to the design to add more support. After testing numerous ways to score the paper, engraved laser cut lines ended up being what was used in the final model. We then made a laser cut frame to provide support on the ends and added rope which was threaded through the paper, providing support and a way for the user to tie down the structure. In order to waterproof the product, polyurethane was used. This also made the paper more rigid.
We first came up with different ideas, then came back together to create a final project.We had agreed on this cool idea of having a tent hanging for the side of a building. We all liked our ideas and combining the two created the cocoon room.
We were inspired by multiple images on the internet, like the tents mountain climbers setup when they are camping on the side of a mountain we thought it would be cool to hve a tent hang outside of a window . There was also a hollow tree house that inspired us to change the model and spreadout he wood. Then after making the first prodotype we figured out a way to improve the design.
One detail of the Cocoon Room that was subject to many changes through the iterative process was the storage compartment under the floor. First, the storage space was going to be without walls, then, we decided that it might be beneficial to have walls around the storage space in order to protect the belongings of the individual.
The first design of the walls was to have plywood perpendicular to the floor (image 1). This initial design would have have distinct edges where the plywood connected but would be lightweight. The wall design was then changed in order to fit better with the form of the cocoon (image 2), thin cross sections of plywood parallel to the floor would be stacked to create a wall which would help keep the form of the room. This design proved to be very heavy and would cause the already weighty shelter to be even harder to move.
In the end, the walled storage compartment was abandoned for a storage compartment protected by the cloth covering. This design was much more lightweight, allowed the collapsed form of the shelter to be smaller by about half, and decreased the amount of material used.
In contemporary societies we now see an interplay between the nomadic and the sedentary in all aspects of existence, from disembodied social networking to cultural homogenization. The nomad overcomes the limitations of nationalism and global culture - instead of merely migrating, absorbing, or travelling, the nomadic subject wanders in ways where they are at home everywhere. The concept of nomads and nomadology allows us to think through a state of being that resists the hierarchy of centralization. According to Deleuze and Guattari, Nomadic Art exists in a smooth plane, rather than a striated one; it is non-hierarchical. It's vision is "close-range," rather than "long-distance." Finally, it is "tactile" or "haptic," rather than optical. It experiences more than it explains.
In this studio we will explore the concept of an Architecture of the Nomadic. Is it possible to be always on the move yet always at home? Through drawings, models, prototypes, and visualizations, students will use the language or architecture and art, to design, present, and build places to inhabit which they can carry, roll, ride, and deliver to any place at any time.
Home is where the heart is. If you heart riding your bike, as much as they do in China, then the Tricycle House by People’s Architecture Office would be a perfect fit. Careful attention to details and precise engineering is what makes this nomadic apartment a beautiful piece of art. The white frame is actually a translucent polypropylene. Its accordion design allows you to hook up more than one pod to another so you can build to any housing needs. Options for comfortable living include sink, wash tub, stove, water tank, furniture and even an outdoor garden. It honors the environment with supreme sustainability hosting no emissions and no footprints. Your freedom is limitless, completely independent from energy sources and no commitment to live in any one place for any longer than you want.
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Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden were created and produced for a biannual exhibition called Get It Louder, a known platform for emerging artists, designers, film makers, and musicians. We were the curators for the architecture, product design, and urbanism sections. We were also the exhibition designers. The exhibition theme was “The Future.” Therefore the tricycles and our exhibition design were created with a sustainable future in mind. In order to reduce waste we rented plastic shipping palettes and constructed the exhibit spaces in a lego-like manner. After the exhibition was finished we returned the rented shipping palettes.
The Tricycle House is also an experiment with folded plastic as a construction method. Using a CNC router each piece of the house is cut and scored flat and then folded and welded into shape. The plastic we use, polypropylene, is unique in that it can be folded without losing its strength. The house itself can therefore entirely open up to the outside, expand out like an accordion to increase space, and connect to other houses. The plastic is also translucent ensuring the interior is always well lit whether by the sun during the day or street lamps at night.
The Tricycle House is man powered allowing off-the-grid living. Facilities in the house include a sink and stove, a bathtub, a water tank, and furniture that can transform from a bed to a dining table and bench to a bench and counter top. The sink, stove, and bathtub can collapse into the front wall of the house.
The Tricycle House is also partnered with a Tricycle Garden. The garden can be planted with not only grass but trees and vegetables. The front of the garden doubles as tricycle seating in order to maximize green space. And several gardens can be combined to form a large public green space.
czech republic-based practice H3T architects (vitek simek, stepan rehor, matej velek) has created a 'bike sauna', a transportable sweat lodge pulled by a tandem bicycle. constructed out of
light and durable materials for maximum ease of use, the project serves as a new and unconventional
social tool that interacts with its immediate site.
The AEROMADS project outlines an architectural system that combines air pressure and high-strength intelligent fabrics as a solution for the creation of minimal mass, self-sustaining structures.
Unplugged and detached from source networks, AEROMADS is a discreet architectural unit that utilizes air pressure as a tectonic resource and building material, and sets out to explore the nomadic application of architecture through rapid implementation and removal.
For all those who were completely bowled over by the awesome Transformers movie, check this out. Known as the Prada Transformer it is a portable, shape-shifting cultural pavilion designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas. Commissioned by the well known fashion brand Prada, the pavilion takes the form of a tetrahedron with one hexagonal face, one cross-shaped face, one rectangular face and one circular face. This humongous structure, transforms itself into a platform for various events like fashion shows, exhibitions, concerts by laying its different sides on the ground to create unique venues. Expected to make its first appearance in Seoul, Korea next month, this massive structure will definitely attract a lot of attention.
For five months this shape-shifting venue will host multiple interdisciplinary projects, bringing a unique mix of visual arts to Korea. The building, entirely covered with a smooth elastic membrane, will be flipped using cranes, promising visitors a new experience every time they visit. Events include a fashion show by Korean students, movie screening of films selected by Alejandro González Iñárritu, a exhibition by Prada Foundation called “Beyond Control”, by Germano Celant, which will ‘transform’ the interior of the architectural object by OMA into an inspiring magma of works by some of the most significant contemporary artists. This amazing project is led by by Rem Koolhaas together with associates Kunle Adeyemi and Chris van Duijn, and design architect Alexander Reichert.
A masterpiece, it will definitely become a landmark in Korea’s history.
Tina Hovsepian, a 2009 graduate from the USC School of Architecture, has designed and developed a foldable, portable, emergency housing shelter based on the principles of origami. HerCardborigami shelter is constructed from recycled cardboard and expands into a shelter big enough for two people to sleep in. The cardboard origami shelter can then fold down small enough to carry or even be placed on bus bike racks for long distance transport.