Faceted + Furious is a group project designed, fabricated, and assembled by Gen-Z (Shayna Cooper, Milad Showkatbakhsh, Christopher Testa, Chris Yu) with the use of Generative Components. Studio critic: Robert Cervellione.

Our pavilion explores the limits of composite aluminum panels. With the use of parametric modelling and digital fabrication, we designed a unitized panel system that aggregates to operate as a larger system of surfaces. Each panel uses an aperture to maximize its ability to fold. The strength of the composite aluminum is further utilized through a shallow scoring of the panels, allowing for the material to fold and create a three-dimensionality, while still maintaining its planarity. By exploiting the fold lines, the surfaces create a pillowing of space between the panels. These cove-like spaces allow the opposing surfaces to respond and react to one another, optimizing the tension created by the negative space.



The bends and undulations of the units translate to the larger scale of the surfaces themselves, transforming the flat aluminum panels into a three-dimensional surface that stimulates an interaction with both the viewer and the space. The negative space between the panels also gives the viewer an opportunity to observe their connections, interworking and functionality. The joints and connectivity built into the system do not go unnoticed. Parametric design allows for this type of intelligence to be built into the system, enabling the production and fabrication of these surfaces of complexity.

These images show early prototyping with component forms.




The photos below show initial paper prototypes, with wire anchors to simulate live assemblage and stimulus.




The images below are renderings of our simulation within Generative Components and Rhino.






Photos of our installation within the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery.




Faceted + Furious was part of the Bending the Rules exhibition at Pratt, featured in the Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery, Higgins Hall.

Bending the Rules is a series of student investigations generated in the course Arch 711A at Pratt Institute, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design. The seminar focused on the use of parametric design tools to model and simulate material behavior, specifically adaptive foldable structures. The design and conception of each project blended computational design tools as well as traditional techniques of paper folding. By utilizing these advanced computational design tools, it allowed for complex fold and cut patterns to be generated and simulated at large scales in order to predict real world behaviors. Both analog and digital models were created simultaneously to provide feedback and correction for one another. The exhibition is the final testing phase where each project is created at full scale. Issues such as material and machine tolerances, structure, full scale production, and assembly are confronted by each team.