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Assignment 3 Surfaces

Assignment 3 Surfaces

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Assignment 3

For Assignment 3 we will be looking at surfaces. You will be introduced to traditional surface classes, such as rotational surfaces, translational surfaces and ruled surfaces because of their potential of economic fabrication methods. Free form surfaces will also be an important part of this class because of your previous knowledge of curves, in relationship with surface generation.

For assignment 3 we are specifically going to be looking at the module, as a main instrument of geometric and structural
determination. The module as a pre-construction element is not read as a multiplying identical object, but as a variable set
of rules, which due to emerging technologies is able to adapt grow and transform into surfaces and complex geometry.

The output will produce not only a systematic architectural approach, but also an understanding and handling of complex

You will be investigating modules based on Platonic and Archimedian Solids and its 5 types (Tetrahedron, Cubaocatahe- dron, Octahedron, Dodecahedron). You will then construct this Platonic Solid in 3 dimensions and then into a cluster, and finally a modulated surface.

Research your given Platonic Solid family and the different types within your given family.
Choose one Platonic Solid and begin to understand its geometry and how it is constructed from 2D to 3D (folded).

The first step you are to choose your Platonic Solid from your prescribed family (list will be on blog). Once you have chosen you will construct your module by drawing it in 2D, but instead of leaving it as a series of lines (like previous assignments) you will need to cap the shapes into planes.

Once this is complete you will then transform your module into 3d via process discussed in class until you have a water tight
module. Choose an efficient method for this move, focus on how you rotate in multiple directions, or if it is necessary to
draw new lines in 3D. Once you are done you will need to unroll your surface to double check all edges.

Truncated Tetrahedron

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