A quick concept rendering for detailing class.
work by thomas grant macdonald, 2015, all rights reserved
A few shots from a project I’m currently working on for construction documentation. The prompt is to redesign the exterior courtyard area at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Our instructor for this course is one of the OLIN team members who helped with the museum’s original design, which keeps things fun.
More work recent work with parametric modeling.
I produced this 15″ x 15″ foam-core model as part of a course I am currently attending in digital software applications taught by Keith VanDerSys and Josh Freese at the University of Pennsylvania. The course is primarily concerned with how new digital tools (Grasshopper, Maya, etc.) can be used to visualize and analyze relationships within a landscape context. The pedagogy does not presume that nature, in its infinite complexity, can actually be modeled to any substantial degree, nor does it presume that the tools that designers are now using might supersede those of advanced modeling specialists like engineers. Instead, the course considers how basic known parameters can be modeled with some degree of accuracy, related to each other, and ultimately inform certain design decisions.