1:1 Scale model - using Rhino, Grasshopper, laser cutter and 1040 rivets.

Floating Wetlands - Studio Air

TUTOR: Chen Canhui UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE - MSD Group project with Vicky Li, Victor Lu and Dora Zhang in our Studio Air class under the guidance of our tutor Chen Canhui. Grasshopper script based on scripting earlier in the semester by Vicky Li and Philip Skewes and developed later in the group project by Dora Zhang & Vicky Li Grasshopper script for fabrication including simplification: Victor Lu Concept, materials research & sourcing by Philip Skewes Fabrication & installation all group members
 Proposal for an installation to draw attention to issues around water quality and how the urban environment impacts rivers and the environment generally through storm water runoff. The installation has two functions. Firstly, and most importantly is that the design form provoke interest and speculation about its presence on the river and thereby provide an opportunity to prompt people to inquire and be informed about what it is. Secondly, the installation is on top of a floating island that uses local plants growing at the base in a grow media to contribute positively to water quality.
Physical model surface pattern emphaised when illuminated
Fastening system of tabs and rivets through steel washers
Individual (Philip Skewes) early concept proposal for a stormwater rubbish catcher using a similar Grasshopper algorithm later in the group project.
Transformation of the Floating Wetlands over time as the roots grow down into the water Overtime the plants grow their roots throughout the media and down into the water, where they take up excess nutrients in the same way that natural wetlands function as a natural filtration system. Examples of the same principles of floating wetlands can be found in the city of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens as well as in North America and New Zealand.
1:1 scale model on site at Merri Creek in the city of Melbourne. The form of our project came from explorations Vicky Li and I had explored in looking at soft coral forms and marine flatworms using Grasshopper. The concept for the filtration system was developed off my initial proposal for a garbage catcher at the end of the storm water drains into the creek. Using forms developed by Vicky in her individual project, Dora and Vicky developed an algorithm that resulted in the final prefabricated form. Victor developed algorithms for fabrication as well as calculating our material and cost requirements to exact figures using grasshopper. With this information about our project we were able to identify serious cost problems. For example the number of rivets we needed were 1040. The rivets from our current supplier would have cost us over $200AUD, causing a serious cost blowout. I was able to locate a wholesale specialist across town, who sold us 1500 rivets for $45AUD. Without this ability to account for every aspect of the project in terms of cost it would have been too great a financial imposition for us to build.

PROJECTS

1:1 Scale model - using Rhino, Grasshopper, laser cutter and 1040 rivets.
TUTOR: Chen Canhui UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE - MSD Group project with Vicky Li, Victor Lu and Dora Zhang in our Studio Air class under the guidance of our tutor Chen Canhui. Grasshopper script based on scripting earlier in the semester by Vicky Li and Philip Skewes and developed later in the group project by Dora Zhang & Vicky Li Grasshopper script for fabrication including simplification: Victor Lu Concept, materials research & sourcing by Philip Skewes Fabrication & installation all group members
 Proposal for an installation to draw attention to issues around water quality and how the urban environment impacts rivers and the environment generally through storm water runoff. The installation has two functions. Firstly, and most importantly is that the design form provoke interest and speculation about its presence on the river and thereby provide an opportunity to prompt people to inquire and be informed about what it is. Secondly, the installation is on top of a floating island that uses local plants growing at the base in a grow media to contribute positively to water quality.
Physical model surface pattern emphaised when illuminated
Fastening system of tabs and rivets through steel washers
Transformation of the Floating Wetlands over time as the roots grow down into the water Overtime the plants grow their roots throughout the media and down into the water, where they take up excess nutrients in the same way that natural wetlands function as a natural filtration system. Examples of the same principles of floating wetlands can be found in the city of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens as well as in North America and New Zealand.
Individual (Philip Skewes) early concept proposal for a stormwater rubbish catcher using a similar Grasshopper algorithm later in the group project.
1:1 scale model on site at Merri Creek in the city of Melbourne. The form of our project came from explorations Vicky Li and I had explored in looking at soft coral forms and marine flatworms using Grasshopper. The concept for the filtration system was developed off my initial proposal for a garbage catcher at the end of the storm water drains into the creek. Using forms developed by Vicky in her individual project, Dora and Vicky developed an algorithm that resulted in the final prefabricated form. Victor developed algorithms for fabrication as well as calculating our material and cost requirements to exact figures using grasshopper. With this information about our project we were able to identify serious cost problems. For example the number of rivets we needed were 1040. The rivets from our current supplier would have cost us over $200AUD, causing a serious cost blowout. I was able to locate a wholesale specialist across town, who sold us 1500 rivets for $45AUD. Without this ability to account for every aspect of the project in terms of cost it would have been too great a financial imposition for us to build.

PROJECTS

TUTOR: Chen Canhui UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE - MSD Group project with Vicky Li, Victor Lu and Dora Zhang in our Studio Air class under the guidance of our tutor Chen Canhui. Grasshopper script based on scripting earlier in the semester by Vicky Li and Philip Skewes and developed later in the group project by Dora Zhang & Vicky Li Grasshopper script for fabrication including simplification: Victor Lu Concept, materials research & sourcing by Philip Skewes Fabrication & installation all group members
 Proposal for an installation to draw attention to issues around water quality and how the urban environment impacts rivers and the environment generally through storm water runoff. The installation has two functions. Firstly, and most importantly is that the design form provoke interest and speculation about its presence on the river and thereby provide an opportunity to prompt people to inquire and be informed about what it is. Secondly, the installation is on top of a floating island that uses local plants growing at the base in a grow media to contribute positively to water quality.

Overtime the plants grow their roots throughout the media and down into the water, where they take up excess nutrients in the same way that natural wetlands function as a natural filtration system. Examples of the same principles of floating wetlands can be found in the city of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens as well as in North America and New Zealand.

The form of our project came from explorations Vicky Li and I had explored in looking at soft coral forms and marine flatworms using Grasshopper. The concept for the filtration system was developed off my initial proposal for a garbage catcher at the end of the storm water drains into the creek. Using forms developed by Vicky in her individual project, Dora and Vicky developed an algorithm that resulted in the final prefabricated form. Victor developed algorithms for fabrication as well as calculating our material and cost requirements to exact figures using grasshopper. With this information about our project we were able to identify serious cost problems. For example the number of rivets we needed were 1040. The rivets from our current supplier would have cost us over $200AUD, causing a serious cost blowout. I was able to locate a wholesale specialist across town, who sold us 1500 rivets for $45AUD. Without this ability to account for every aspect of the project in terms of cost it would have been too great a financial imposition for us to build.

PROJECTS