48-215, Materials and Assembly
Professor Dale Clifford, Carnegie Mellon University
Second Year, Spring 2013

The Vorosaur folly interrogated the formal and tectonic ramifications of digitally fabricating and constructing a 15’ tower through a hybrid digital/physical processes situated within a larger theoretical discourse on design methodology. The project was driven by the intent to create a structure that appeared both graceful and precarious.

The deformed, cantilevering, spiraling form was developed through a hybrid, iterative process of physical model building and digital simulation and documentation. The final crystalline components that aggregated to form the structure of the tower were the result of a grasshopper packing script based on the logic of three dimensional cellular vornoi polytopes.

An emphasis was placed on developing an efficient digital/physical workflow from design development through fabrication and construction. This process included the use of a digital CNC mill for component fabrication and extensive digital modeling and physical full scale tests. Considerations for cost efficiency, ease of assembly, and novel tectonics revealed structural zip ties to be a practical and visually exciting solution for mediating between the unique, irregular geometry of each cell and the necessity for a standardized method of construction. 

Collaboration with Nouf Aljowaysir, Christopher Ball, Shanna Chan, Avanti Dabholkar, Laura Gonzalez, Shivani Jain, Naomie Laguerre, Clara Lee, and Nikhil Sambamurthy