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Folded Garden

Second Year Studio

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As the first of three Grow Collective studio projects, the Folded Garden introduces new issues and ideas related to materiality, structure and enviornmental research. Through the design process for this project, I learned valuable lessons such as studying and experimenting with difficult materials that prefer a certain structure to maintain stability and strength. This involved the realization that piano wire and heat shrink plastic mold well together when a double-curved skeleton is created and a taught membrane follows the shape. In addition to the introduction of material properties, I was able to test various centers of gravity and assymetrical designs to see how they interacted with the straggly leaves and heavy soil. 

Researching the human uses and care-taking methods of oregano, I was inspired by it’s tendancy to become rotted at the roots. After compling ways to prevent the rot, such as substantial soil aeration and easy drainage, I was able to apply solutions to my initial design.

Thin piano wire / 2 strands / semi circle of top two tiers

Thick piano wire / 6 strands / rest of structure 

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