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Arlecchino – Manferdini Installation


Students from Visualization, Architecture, Landscape and Urban Planning, and English teamed up with Atelier Manferdini, to construct a large scale, permanent installation for Azimuth Cafe in the College of Architecture.

This Artist in Residence workshop focused on the relationship between digital scripting and fabrication.Similar to the illustrations of MC Escher, the installation is designed following general rules of planar tessellation and aggregation.

The design of the components was obtained by running a script that blended two primitive figures along an axial plane of the installation with no overlaps and no gaps. A basic dia-grid anchored the size and the rhythm of each cell.Contary with what happens in a Penrose algorithm , which relies on 2 modules to tile an entire plane. The script was engineered to follow a linear deformation of one cell into another. Therefore each component is perfectly interlocking with each other into the grid but also is different from the surrounding ones.

Project Credits:
Design
Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini, Los Angeles
Design assistance, Atelier Manferdini
Eugene Kosgoron
Project support
Ward Wells
Lou Tassinary
Jorge Vanegas
College Executive Leadership Team
Design Liaison
Gabriel Esquivel
Logistics and support for fabrication and installation
Chuck Tedrick
Jim Titus

Workshop team leaders: Heather Davis Karine Bashoyan Matt Miller Chris Gassaway

Workshop team: Landon Hagan, Weecho Velasquez, April Ford, Allison Fields, Phuong Huynh, Garrett Broussard, Tony Upton, Xuemei Luo, Phuong Cac