Wednesday, April 23, 2014

[R]ed[U]x Lab Installing at Grow Op 2014

The installation of Chlorophytum in the Grow Op 2014 show at the Gladstone Hotel is proceeding very well thanks to the hands on duty from first year all the way to third year. Assembling components on site sitting on a hardwood floor in a small room with people installing structure overhead is not the most enjoyable way to pass time between exams! The acrylic infrastructure suspended from the ceiling will provide an engaging canopy within part of the room.

Thanks to Steph for taking some candid photos during the initial install days!


The Installation Commences on Grow Op 2014

Ryerson University's Architectural Science students are known for many great things but a couple of key differentiators would be their: a) ability to bring ideas to a built reality, and b) determined resourcefulness. It must be reiterated that this installation is occurring between students' design deadlines and exams.

Design and Production Commences on Grow Op 2014

Despite the opening of the Grow Op 2014 show coinciding with the frenetic and stressful end of term at Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science, members of the [R]ed[U]x Lab are always up for a challenge. After all, what better way to relieve studio stress than breathing in laser cutter fumes or manual labor? Of course pizza tends to make manual labor worthwhile...

In addition to the laser cut acrylic infrastructure, the group has also been preparing clippings of aggressive ivy to integrate into the design. Unfortunately the initial idea of using spider plants, Chlorophytum, had to change given the physiology and desired tropism behaviours for this project.

[R]ed[U]x Lab at Grow Op 2014

Once again the [R]ed[U]x Lab returns to the Gladstone Hotel for another installation opportunity, Grow Op 2014 with their project entitled "Chlorophytum". Though the initial Come Up To My Room project in 2012 stands as one of the group's prominent and early projects (merely two years ago!), the current roster of the [R]ed[U]x Lab endeavors to push themselves even further in this piece. 

The original intention was presented as:

"Hybridizing plant life within a digitally fabricated matrix, the Chlorophytum project explores synthetic methods to augment and showcase physiological processes within plants including capillary action, phototropism, thigmotropism, and diurnal behaviours.  This room installation suspends an acrylic matrix containing a series of nutrient reservoirs which sustain a latticework of modest planting.  By day, the constrained nutrient reservoirs and light from the room’s window will alter the organization of the hovering matrix. During the evening hours within this environment, the plants’ responses to the various stimuli in the room are highlighted via the use of black light. The tessellation of plant and fabricated components atop visitors will prove to be an engaging piece that draws attention the self-organizing systems at play in plant growth, but also questions the nature of interior vegetation as art."

This was a very conceptual proposal and allowed the [R]ed[U]x Lab to investigate the use of not only plant life but also UV light and motors... at least that is the intention. As one can see, the design evolved over time...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Demonstration of the Prototype Sterilization Wall

Here is a quick peek a what the Sterilization wall will do with motion sensing. Great collaboration between Engineering and Architectural Science. Special thanks to Professor James Smith for helping out!

Continuing on the Sterilization Wall

With the components pretty much cut, the team continues to put them all together to make the project work.  The coordination with the biomedical engineering students ensured that the hardware worked with the fabricated components. From 3D printed components and the laser-cut acrylic armatures to the CNC-routed framework, the collaboration has proven to be quite an educational experience for all.