Computing Quality

Computing Quality is a conceptual exercise in which a randomly-assigned number is explored, manipulated, and made manifest in physical form within the boundaries of an invisible 6″ x 6″ x 12″ volume. Aspects of the number to be explored may include, but are not limited to, the transition between the assigned number and the two adjacent numbers, the spatial and structural aspects of the number, and the qualitative aspects of the number.

In this case, the number nine was assigned. This project explores nine’s place as the square of three, exemplified by a simple 3 x 3 grid containing nine spaces. The grid was then extruded into a three-dimensional volume, and sections cut away to form two interlocking loops. The resulting volume was then transformed in a manner such that the far end of the volume occupies a single space of the original 3 x 3 grid.

Additional visual exercises were performed on the resulting shape, exploring issues of scale and form with the introduction of Eadweard Muybridge figures at various scales. The shape was then explored in section drawings, completing a full circuit from two-dimensional grid to three-dimensional shape, back to two-dimensional drawing.

Summer Architecture Studio, 2007
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Studio Critic: Bradley Horn