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LA Pergolas Paint Party

For two days we used laser cut rubber templates from the spangle workshops and paints with various zinc content to develop a sort of dazzle camouflage for the galvanized surface of the LA Pergolas structures.  The goal was to establish a method for integrating graffiti, manufacturing defects and weathering into a constantly evolving crystalline surface treatment.  The appearance is inspired by a magnified fractal impression of the natural crystal structure of electrically excited zinc used to protect steel in most infrastructural steel like sign posts on the side of the freeway.

Zachery Schoch, Tony Hudgins, Oliver Hess, Allison Behrstock, Olivier Hart, Micke Tong, General, Jenda Michl, Matt Baggott, Nick Vida, Elisa Salcedo, Krista Machovina.

LA Pergolas build


The Los Angeles Pergoals project was awarded to the concept design team of infranatural (then including Jenna Didier, Oliver Hess and Marcos Lutyens) in collaboration with Ned Kahn.  Once the conceptual design was completed Hess took over the detail design and installation oversight of the project under the umbrella of Aperiodic Industries.  Several projects have been executed at Aperiodic including a series of workshops about Spangle, the crystalline project created by the process of galvanizing steel, a key technique of infrastructure construction.

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Diamonds are forever


Join us for an evening of diamond cubic face centered structural systems.  We will engineer a space frame system that appears to function like the crystalline lattice of a diamond.  We will look at tetrahedral vs octahedral truss configurations and optimize them for maximum structural flexibility in grasshopper.  We will weight that against fabricability and durability.  And of course, good looks.  This will departure from the research done for the Parametric Peppervine.  Please join us to help us explore these subjects and perhaps find inspirations for your own work as well.

rsvp or watch this space to be kept informed as details evolve.

Conceptually Picturesque

An evening long architectural concept rendering workshop in the third week of March.  We will use grasshopper to generate some simple utopian structures, match geometry and render them in rhino and then use stock images from the internet to composite them into a beautiful and stylish rendering.  The idea comes from three converging issues at Aperiodic Industries:

1. concept images are increasingly the lingua franca of these times, the tools to build anything exist, but the time, money and feasibility is not yet there.  These images give a preview, a roadmap and an aspiration thrill to these emerging possibilities.  We will discuss the trends of rendering and their eventual revelations in the physical world.
2. Aperiodic Industries would like to start an archive of futuristic conceptual architecture for the purposes of infusing these into society and tracking their changes over time, come to the workshop to create your contribution.  If you can operate rhino and photoshop you can do this!
3. because we all have ideas and the general skills to produce this work the biggest stumbling block is capturing that style, that look and that perspective that really communicates an idea.  We will have a tutorial on the process of creating an effective architectural concept image.
Ultimately this will be an evening of eating and drinking and experimenting to share ideas and fantasies about the future and how to communicate them.  We hope you might be interested in participating.
rsvp or watch this space to be kept informed as details evolve.