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Research in Geometric Growth and Decay: Hotel Complex in McGrawHill Plaza, NYC


T-Square Club Fellowship Excellence in Design

Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship, Best Theory Work

Published in WORK2010-11
PennDesign Foundation Studio I
Advisor: Simon Kim
Fall 2010


Using the octagon as the symbolic whole unit and the triangleas the symbolic smallest unit, Decay in Situ represents the notion of a lifecycle of human skin cell. The composite forms have been developed and arranged with the intent to re-interpret decay over time. While the entire paper plate installation metaphorically demonstrates the half-life of a single cell (n-1), the nature of the various polygonal modules implicitly alludes to the almost innumerable amount of adaptations of the aggragate forms, including growth-life (n+1) as well.


Manipulations of polygons [n+1] and their inner angles [180(n-2)/n)] have shown a great number of structural system possibilities. The polygons revolve about their inner angle per unit time- be it a minute, hour, day or week, depends on programme or occupancy. By doing so, cells within large cells are formed in a sinuous manner, which result in skewed spaces that converge and diverge continuously. The growth and decay of unit cells, and their aggregation are placed on McGrawHill sunken plaza site as a parasitic being. The entire site is turned into a fi eldcondition where the (n+1) or (n-1) can grow out of, and be solidifi ed as architecture.


A research paper along with this project is available upon request.

A Shifting Role of Architectural Representation in the Digital Era (Dec, 2010)