The learning process of how to properly make an efficient set of instructions on building a structure and being able to let others follow it easily enough that they can make the same structure without the creator’s direct assistance.

Plus & Minus            
Part 1: Excavations & Appropriations
Part 2: Artist + Technician
Part 3: +/- Matter & Void




Part 1: Excavations & Appropriations

Excavations & Appropriations, is about excavating an dreappropriating a foam mass. One must produce two sets of instructions that show the process of carving out the foam and reallocating them. The mass should be constructed in the following requirements: 1) Half of the original foam mass must be excavated and reappropriated within a 24”x24”x24” boundry. 2) Excavated volumed must be no larger than 2”x2”x2”. 3) The centroid of the original foam mass must shift 3” in one direction. 4) The new foam mass must have an even articulation of volumetric space (negative) and solid (positive), internally and externally. 5) New foam mass must balance on a separate base (constructed) at the location of the shifted centroid; the base can range from 6” to 12” in height and it should have a 1”x1” maximum “point” (top) and 4”x4” bottom. The base was constructed out of foam core and balsa wood. One of the two sets of instructions must be an axonometric drawing and the other one can produce in any method. Elmer’s glue, glue gun, x-acto knife, boxer cutter, and handsaw were used to excavate and reppropriate the foam mass. On the other hand, 30/60 triangular ruler, metal T-square, mechanical pencil, eraser, eraser shield, and two pieces of 18”x24” paper were used drafting.
















Part 2:  Artist + Technician

Artist + Technician, is about swapping instructions with a classmate from the other review session and fabricating their foam mass out of a 24”x24” OSB board (wood). In addition, one must create two new sets of instructions to show the process of fabricating the foam mass into wood. For preparations, one sheet of 24”x24” OSB board is cut down to 16 pieces of 6”x6” squares with 4 of them being extras; one must use 12 squares to construct the new mass. Each square piece would be 6”x6”x1/2”. The foam mass must be fabricated at a ½ scale out of wood. Basically, both the mass and base should be at a ½ scale. The base can be fabricated out of any material, however, it must have a maximum of ½” x ½” for the top, “point’ and 2”x2” for the bottom. Also, the base can range between 3” to 6” in height. The base should be strong enough to hold the new mass, meaning, the new mass should be able to balance on it.  The structure of one instruction was mostly based on the IKEA instructions and the other instruction was loosely based on the axonometric form of drafting. Both two new sets of instructions show the process of fabrication through images. Pictures make it easier for others to follow the instructions and the process of fabrication.














Part 3: +/- Matter & Void

+/- Matter & Void, is about swapping the two sets of instructions for 2.2 again with a classmate. The objective of this project is to invert the positive and negative relationships of the OSB mass into a hollow structure. The birdhouse must suspend and level at the location of 2.1’s and 2.2’s displaced centroid. In addition, one must use at least one type of woodworking joint to adhere the pieces of the birdhouse together and use glue only for additional support. Dado and rabbet woodworking joint were used for the birdhouse. As usual, a comprehensive axonometric drawing is required; the drawing must show measurements of the cuts and excavated volumes, and where the cut-out pieces are reallocated.









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