Research

Twoja Smolna

with: Krystian Kwieciński

In November 2011 we started workshops with residents of Smolna Street. The goal of the project was to define the needs of a local community and on that basis develop architecture and/or urbanistic solutions. During a series of meetings supported with on-line discussion via Facebook platform we were asking local community representatives what Smolna Street means for them. We used a felt mock-up with colorful pins to stimulate discussion about strengths or weaknesses of that space and a short survey to ask participants about their personal reflections on Smolna identity. Every meeting was accompanied by a short presentation in the following the order: “What is Smolna Street?”, “Which direction should Smolna Street go?”, “What would be Smolna Street?”

Workshops with inhabitants

www.facebook.com/TwojaSMOLNA

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

 

Post lighting

with: Paulina Kowalczyk, Krystian Kwieciński, Radosław Stach

In order to design a new charging station for electric cars we decided to extend the possibilities of existing urban network of street lamps. When a car plugs in and  starts charging energy the light post’s arm straightens and bends slowly in an upper part to indicate the stage of the process of charging (and avoid queuing of cars). The whole process was simulated with a learning physical-model using Arduino engine, responsive to different stages of occupied/vacant car place.

First prototypes

Charging process

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

 

Archidzieciaki

Architecture workshops for kids at the age of 7 to 10 years with the aim to activate children ability of perceiving three-dimensional space, defining architectural/urban challenges and finding creative solutions for them. The goal of the workshops is to make children believe for a while they are architects of their surrounding world. I joined Archidzieciaki tutors team in the end of 2011 with a series of workshops including such titles as “80 houses around the World”, “Infratectura” or “City Instant”.

http://www.facebook.com/archidzieciaki/

What should we do with PKiN building ?

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

Building up! How to achive high and stability at the same time?

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

Gdynia Design Days

Open air workshops

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

 

Pedestrian bridge model

with: Carlos de la Barrera

During the workshops at the Design Modelling Symposium 2011 we were exploring possibilities of a new software developed by a team of Robert Aish – Design Script. Its ability to translate primary geometry model into Robot engineering software in real time allows to build conceptual models and preview structural behaviour, define weak parts in a structure, simulate forces etc. With Carlos de la Barrera we created a simple model of pedestrian bridge whose shape resulted from catenary properties.

Video:

Bridge Primary Model

password: DesignScript

 

Kangaroo Membrane

with: Osome.org

Located in San Francisco, the project integrates structural simulations into architectural proposal of a new covering for Campus Party (technology festival). With a use of Kangaroo Plug-in for Grasshopper we managed to simulate optimal shape and dimensions of a modular canopy system. The idea for a structure solution was based on tensegrity relations in order to achieve the largest surface of canopy without supporting in the ground level. The simulation tested different properties of material used for the construction, under the influence of changable wind forces and the gravity in the function of variable architectural shapes.

Videos:

Kangaroo Canopy Simulation

Canopy Shape

password: CampusParty

Kangaroo Model

 

Concrete fence

with: Kama Kośka, Jan Rubel, Kiryll Karvat

When you travel to Eastern Europe countryside you notice new habits brought from the city, like fencing your plot with a high concrete wall. Those walls are the first layer you see while driving a car. They are all the same, you cannot distinguish the end of one village from the beginning of another because all the walls are the same prefabricated concrete elements. We wanted to generate new mass customized design based on digitalized  traditional pattern of local suits different in each part of Polish countryside.

Countryside indentity

Customized concrete fence

photo: Krystian Kwieciński

 

 Time lapse

with: Konstanty Stajniak, Michał Grzymała, Rafał Kłos

Plac Konstytucji  is a rectangular square in Warsaw constructed in a post-war period of early ’50s with a dimensions of 117 x 203 meters. This huge area is occupied with different means of transport and a parking lot in the middle. To track complicated interrelations of city movements (pedestrian flows with and without snow layer, car circulation, birds behavior) we decided to grab a 5 minute-long time lapse video of a working day in Warsaw.

Time lapse video

Image Stacking by Konstanty Stajniak

 

Snowflake

with: Tomasz Kujawski, Piotr Baszyński, Karol Dzik

We tried to explore the nature of snowflake in terms of processes that create variety of shapes and patterns on a frozen window. We designed a simple process of proliferation of a snowflake / frost taking into consideration various circumstances and conditions depending on properties of forces building the frost’s structure. We changed the scale from millimeters to meters and replaced building material from vapor to symmetrical polygons drawn by participant during the experiment. Instractions for each student were written in such a way that a shape (a number of edges in a polygon) refered to surrounding conditions (like in a snowflake). For example: DRAW A SYMMETRICAL (N+3)POLYGON WHERE N IS A NUMBER OF PROFESORS IN THIS ROOM.

Snowflake nature

Poliferation process

Human generated snowflake

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