PX | Serpentibus Modularis
2010 - 2011
University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
N 38°02’20” - W 78°30’14”
Exhibit / Installation
Michael Leighton Beaman
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 Modularis, Proxy 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 &amp;amp; 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