Project Description


Professor: Professor Patrick Rhodes

The second semester of Design in Foundations year dealt with dabbling in mixed media to explore narratives within site & context to inform various explorations in analytical graphical studies and physical prototyping.

Sharjah, UAE


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A tile was selected and photographed from the AUS Plaza based on characteristics like depth, lighting, symmetry etc.

Impressions of the tile were captured using mixed media like charcoal, graphite stick, crayons, ink on Vellum sheet, water color paper, cartridge paper & Tracing paper.

Graphite stick and vellum paper obtained the most detailed and intrinsic details of the tile.

Fields, Points, Spaces diagram 1

Fields, Points, Spaces diagram 2

Fields, Points, Spaces – 3 different types of fields, and points were located on the tile based on our previous interactions with it. The spaces were located in the empty
voids automatically.

A layering of the two drawings show how the registration line drawing
was extracted from the fields, points and spaces drawing.

                                                                                        Registration Line drawing

Topographic Mass Value Drawing – Select lines were extracted based on hierarchy from the registration line drawings and used to help make the ribs for the skeleton of the mold.

Ribs were cut out to measurement based on the topographic mass drawing. Intersections were noted and given a physical height dimension based on hierarchy. Individual ribs were labelled to help in the assembly process.

A skeleton of the final mold was formed after the assimilation of all the ribs joined by notching.

The Skeleton

The skeleton is then converted into a faceted mould

Faceted mould

A jig was constructed for the mold to be fit into snugly. The mold was glued and vaseline-d to the jig.

The Jig

Plaster poured in mold

Depleted mold

Extracted plaster mold 1, depicting one aspect of the Tile’s characteristics abstractly.

Extracted plaster mold 2

The paper structure was cut out from a previous iteration of the fields, spaces, points drawing based on what caught the eye’s attention most and folded based on lines governed by the registration line drawing.

The wooden structure was constructed so as to accommodate the paper folding and pose as an interacting medium between the two plaster models.

The paper folding, the wooden structure and the plaster models; All combined together to show the different facets of the tile. The different aspects of the tile combined together to form the tile again, but in a different depiction.

A close up of the intricacy dwelling within.