PX | Serpentibus Modularis

 

Serpentibus Modularis


 

Project Data

DATE

2010 - 2011

 

LOCATION

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

N 38°02’20” - W 78°30’14”

 

TYPE

Exhibit / Installation

 

MATERIALS

Polypropylene
Nylon

 

PROJECT TEAM

Michael Leighton Beaman
Zaneta Hong
Emma Gisiger
Feng Wang
Lawrence Lazarides
Brad Schuck
Ernesto Rementilla

Project Descriptions

Serpentibus Modularis relies on four procedural sets, each establishing computational and parametric systems of performance and form. It is the 8th project in the Proxy Series. Serpentibus ModularisProxy No. 8 is a collaborative installation by beta-field and architecture students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Beta-field is an experimental design studio lead by Visiting Assistant Professor in Architecture Michael Leighton Beaman. The Proxy Series began in 2007 as a framework through which one can conduction design research. Proxies are constructions that examine the nature of generic architectural problems within programming, processes, procedures, manufacturing and assembly.

Proxy No. 8 relies on four procedural sets, each establishing computational and parametric systems of performance and form. The installation is constructed of 1,998 individually cut polypropylene elements which are assembled into 333 solids composed of 1,998 turns & loops forming 1, 2 or 3 layers)of units. The installation’s geometric whole and performative elements rely on an analysis of the structural geometry evident in Thomas Jefferson’s serpentine walls (constructed 1817–1819) that define exterior, layered borders within the academic village of the University of Virginia. Proxy No. 8 is the first part of a two-part Virginia Teaching Fellowship Exhibition