Modular Design

 modular design

modular design

1. How is your modular design open for future evolution?

Our design could be further evolved by adding more of the orange dipyramids, extending the arms out further, adding to the dynamic elements of the piece. This could give it more dimension and fluidity, evoking the idea of growth.

2. How did the strength of origami benefit your modular design?

The shapes in our piece held together well individually but required rubber cement to hold everything together. The trapezoidal structure of the shapes of the frame were good because they provided a sturdy foundation to build off of. The dipyramids were easy to connect due to the multiple facets and could be extended outwards.

3. How is the scale relationship of the modules to the sculpture working?

The scale relationship works well due to the flexibility of our sculpture. We can extend our piece in any direction easily by just adding more modules.

4. Did the ritual of building create an aesthetic experience?

I believe our work did end up creating an aesthetically pleasing piece. We are very happy with the way it turned out. We enjoyed coming up with the idea for this piece and assembling it was a fun experience.

5. Did you successfully engineer a system with a workable function?

Yes, our design of all our modules put together ended up creating a solid structure that is simultaneously structured and dynamic.

6. “Natural patterns and shapes represent some of the basic functions of the work of the universe: they move, store and connect energy.” Designers have the ability to see systems and patterns, creating good design. Were you successful?

We all agree that our piece was a good design, incorporating dynamic movement as well as solid shapes. Both the dipyramids and trapezoidal prisms are symbolic of strength and foundation yet with the extending form of each set of shapes, an expanding  system representative of growth and fluidity is created. The bright orange pattern of the dipyramids draws the focus to the extending arms while the black and white pattern of the frame kept it a little more in the background.

7. Reviewing pages 152-160 in Design by Nature write a paragraph describing what you could learn from your sculpture.

Our sculpture was based upon the durability of trapezoidal prisms and dipyramids which are symbols of foundation, strength, expansion, security, and repetition. The solid frame of our piece grounds the viewer while still drawing their eye vertically.  The dipyramids create flowing lines that give the sense of organic structure. The overall piece is very structured and calculated but the extensive lines bring movement that really unfurls the idea of growth and creativity.

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