AA Inter 3

The Housing Act
February 23, 2015, 7:53 pm
Filed under: 2013-14

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Interesting project by Daniel Fernández Pascual:

“Modelled after a real-life ongoing raffle to win a house in the microstate of Andorra, held with the aim of liberating its current homeowners from an overwhelming debt, The Housing Act explores crowdsourcing as a relief strategy to finance the debt of households”.


There are more projects on his website that may be relevant to some of you…

See you tomorrow,


January 25, 2015, 1:19 pm
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Here is a website with cad files of many cities, including Colombo.


It’s not too detailed unfortunately, but good enough as a start in the absence of a better map…

Researching Sri Lanka
January 25, 2015, 12:54 pm
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Lands of Cockaigne: The Construction of Promised Territories
December 19, 2014, 3:13 pm
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set up


Exhausted Territories and Mental Promised Lands
December 2, 2014, 7:59 pm
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The premise for the prototype is that promised lands are conceived as an alternative to the limits of physical land. They are an “other space”, formed when natural resources are scarce. This is manifested in an abstract landscape which mutates to different forms of wild nature when stocks of companies that deal with natural resources go up. When prices are high, the landscape is more detailed and extreme, as a combination of typologies such as mountain, valley and swamp. When prices go down, the terrain is flat and undefined.

The variations of promised lands formed are therefore linked not to an individual, but to a community struggling to survive.

The desire for landscape is linked here to its historical origin in modern history, as a notion which stemmed from fast urban development. Here this desire for ‘the countryside’ and ‘the wild’ is linked to a desire for an abundance of resources. If landscape was conceived as a territory existing in the minds of those living in the city, promised land exists in the minds of those living on exhausted lands, emptied from their resources.


On a more practical note, I’m experiencing technical issues. I’m trying to get my Arduino to receive data from the New York Stock Exchange, which have several rss feeds available online. However, for this to work, a certain ability to analyze the rss feed is required, more than just counting the times a certain word is mentioned in it. After first trying with processing, I’m currently looking at an option of achieving this with a plug-in called Mosquito for Grasshopper, which seems to produce a graph from the data. Here is a screen shot from the Mosquito page online, which I’ll try to use:

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Also, the physical model still requires work to get all the wheels rotating with the servos and to create a new triangulated surface.

p.s. I’m fine with having a tutorial on Thursday (just have an HTS tutorial at 11:30).

Thank you,


Anonymous Terrain / Simulating Wilderness / Work in progress
November 21, 2014, 9:28 pm
Filed under: 2013-14

The physical prototype attempts to simulate primitive landscape and looks at the possibilities of creating artificial wilderness. It is constructed of one anonymous terrain, which transforms between abstracted forms of the different ‘elements of nature’ – desert, mountain, plateau, valley and cliff. The transformation between these typologies is made with a crane from which the landscape is suspended, and potentially also pushed through the holes in the base. It is triggered by light sensors which should determine change in landscape scenes when light condition changes.

When the elements of nature are abstracted, they can be modeled using a surface with 25 control points (5X5 grid), as following:


A triangulated paper surface can create these control points (and movement between them):


I’ve also tried to make it from hexagons, to create more of a flow:


*These two surfaces are only a segment of what should be the entire surface.

**As references in terms of form I’m using Reuben Margolin’s cool Kinetic Wave Sculptures (http://vimeo.com/3001833) + Didier’s installation.

Setting up the base and crane:


This type of terrain should be understood as an unmappable place with objects that are surprising in their location, dimension, texture and form. It is a landscape which potentially can be conquered, but not with ease, as wild nature needs to first be understood, and then tamed. This landscape is tied to the notion of ‘the sublime’ – it is perceived as holding great beauty, but such that cannot be understood by the traditional bases: proportion, fitness, or perfection (according to Edmund Burke), while it also has the power to compel and destroy us. This potential dangerous aspect of it means that wilderness usually looks as pleasant scenery, sleepy and harmless, but upon further scrutiny it appears to be unsafe and unstable (perhaps until it is stabilized by men).

This type of land is being simulated, constructed artificially, from an understating that it is attractive and it provides relief from the city. Also, true wilderness is practically inexistent now, after most of the land area of the planet has been surveyed and apportioned to some national or international authority to administer in the middle of the 20th century. Therefore the possibility of recreating such extinct landscape is attractive.

To figure out:

What’s the right configuration for the surface – triangular or diamond-shaped? regular throughout or irregular?

Materiality – paper is slightly too flimsy… possibly thicker plastic will be better. If diamond frame – infill or no infill?

How will the mechanism work? possibly connecting the control points with string to several points on some kind of wheel which will be controlled by the Arduino’s servo, and thus the strings’ length will change differently. The position of the light sensors is to be confirmed. 

Figure out what are the Arduino parts I need and order them (strong servo?).

Perhaps adding later another surface so the scenes will be more complicated.

Looking forward to hearing what you think,

Thank you,


Reading for Saturday
October 8, 2014, 3:46 pm
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Dear all,

I’m looking for a copy/pdf. version of the reading for Saturday from ‘Out of this World’ as the one in the library is cropped in some of the pages. Please let me know if you find another version of this text!