Retooling Bamboo

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Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: Blue Folly

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ARTICLE: Red & Blue: Retooling Bamboo Tectonics 2021

Year: 2021
Size: 13ft x 13ft x 13ft
Materials & Methods:
3-axis milled, 4-axis machined, solid painted bamboo
Principal Investigator:
Jonas Hauptman
Student Leads:
Alex Munro & Josie Price
Sponsor:
AIA Upjohn Research Initiative
Photography:
Cat Piper

Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: Red Totem

This project is both a design and a technical experiment for rethinking the aesthetic associations and possibilities for bamboo structures. We are reimagining methods of fabrication via milling and assemblies of semi-solid bamboo elements. It was the first full-scale test designed and built in the VT Bamboo Research Space.

 

Students and faculty used the column-like structure to explore 4th axis positioning for digital fabrication and the use of a series of analog and digital custom-made tools. With these techniques we can duplicate shape properties via edge captured photographic scanning and process bamboo into specific elements.

 

The project served as a precursor to symbiotically designed bamboo assemblies where the natural aesthetic and mechanical behavior of this amazing biomaterial can be fully leveraged. A “snap” joint was developed by the undergraduate research assistants which makes fabrication and assembly exciting, but we learned that it does not result in a truly robust structural assembly. Finally, surface finishes were explored by painting with low VOC paint to reskin the otherwise natural unmilled areas of the bamboo. These finishes were 3 hues of red that also codified different elements of the assembly and created a richer aesthetic language within the synthetic skin.

ARTICLE: Red & Blue: Retooling Bamboo Tectonics 2021

Year: 2020
Size: 4ft x 4ft x 7ft
Materials & Methods:
3-axis milled, 4-axis machined, solid painted bamboo
Principal Investigator:
Jonas Hauptman
Student Leads:
Alex Munro & Mason Millner
Sponsor:
AIA Upjohn Research Initiative
Photography:
Chiravi Patel

VT BCNC

This project is both a design and a technical experiment for rethinking the aesthetic associations and possibilities for bamboo structures. We are reimagining methods of fabrication via milling and assemblies of semi-solid bamboo elements. It was the first full-scale test designed and built in the VT Bamboo Research Space.

 

Students and faculty used the column-like structure to explore 4th axis positioning for digital fabrication and the use of a series of analog and digital custom-made tools. With these techniques we can duplicate shape properties via edge captured photographic scanning and process bamboo into specific elements.

 

The project served as a precursor to symbiotically designed bamboo assemblies where the natural aesthetic and mechanical behavior of this amazing biomaterial can be fully leveraged. A “snap” joint was developed by the undergraduate research assistants which makes fabrication and assembly exciting, but we learned that it does not result in a truly robust structural assembly. Finally, surface finishes were explored by painting with low VOC paint to reskin the otherwise natural unmilled areas of the bamboo. These finishes were 3 hues of red that also codified different elements of the assembly and created a richer aesthetic language within the synthetic skin.

ARTICLE: Red & Blue: Retooling Bamboo Tectonics 2021

Year: 2020
Size: 4ft x 4ft x 7ft
Materials & Methods:
3-axis milled, 4-axis machined, solid painted bamboo
Principal Investigator:
Jonas Hauptman
Student Leads:
Alex Munro & Mason Millner
Sponsor:
AIA Upjohn Research Initiative
Photography:
Chiravi Patel

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