A New Stage

A Collaboration_ARC 311 + TF3

Screen Group Final Aggregation

For the past week, the screen group—Carly, Ruth, Kayla, Charles, and Sarah—executed final design decisions. First, we cut our different sized sono tubes (diameters: 3” 4” 6” 8” and 12”) into 3” widths. Next, we sanded down the cut circles and prepared them for spray painting. After painting each of the different circle diameters, our smallest circles (3” and 4”) became our connector pieces with computationally determined notches in Rhino that determined proper connections and movement in relation to one another. 

We moved into SoA with our cut and spray painted pieces, and began applying shrink wrap to every circle, using spray adhesive to hold it down, and then hitting it with the heat gun. It was very difficult making sure the wrap didn’t break from too much heat. We had to find the perfect balance so that the “drum-heads” weren’t too limp but also not so tight that they snapped.

Finally, like a puzzle, we began attaching the different sized circles together to create the final form whose circles would be representative of different frequency ranges from each of the instruments while also being acoustically sound with the shrink-wrapped “drum-like” heads.

Please see the following post for our progress pictures! 

Screen group at work! 

Before heading off for winter break, the screen group began working on modules for the screen backdrop that will also be acoustically sound. 

Initially, we envisioned using clear plastic drum heads of different sizes aggregate together in order to create the circular modules we originally proposed while also using a material that would take acoustics into consideration. Upon experimentation in the lab, however, we discovered sonotube concrete forms that come in a variety of diameters. We were lucky enough to spot them in the lab—they must have been left over from another project. We cut the tubes into circles about 3” wide and ordered shrink wrap and a heat gun in order to make these drum heads on our own. Here are pictures from this experiment with the heat gun and shrink wrap. 

More progress with our assembly production and final aggregation to come. 

State Change Group Images: 

1. Perspective and Concept.

2. Perspective and Concept.

3. Plan.

4. Perspective.

5. Perspective.

6. Section.

  After the five group’s presentation, it was decided that elements from every group were interesting and should be incorporated into the pop-up stages. Therefore, each group ordered materials and began planning small prototypes for their ideas—rather than only choosing one “winner” out of the group.


Platform Group Images: 

1. Written Brainstorm. 

2. Proposed Materials. 

3. Plan.

4. Perspective.

5. Possible Pop-Up Venues.

Blocks Group Images: 

1. Rendering. 

2. Site Analysis. 

3. Density Diagram. 

4. Possible Materials. 

5. Hexagon Sections. 

6. Composition of Hexagons. 

7. Elevation and Roof Plan.