academic project, Spring 2010: Prof. Francois Roche & Caroline O’Donnel ,in collaboration with Cristina Marais
Our project began with material and conceptual design research which focused on the geometry employed in fish cages. The fishes enter the structure through large conic openings and trap the fish in the center due to the smaller openings. Encouraged by Francois Roche, we experimented with flies and documented their resultant paths through these conic landscape ‘walls’.
hese refuges occur around the congestion zone in London, heightening the ‘cleansing’ of the center by encouraging a relationship with humans and pigeons along this once-invisible border. Mechanical nets protrude out of each component as well as connect components as they spread and grow across the site.
n important aspect of our project is the structures ability to react to the amount of birds in the structure at any given time. We are currently working on the robotic ‘spikes’ which will protrude and keep birds from entering when the structure is too ‘full’. These spikes also retract and widen , allowing for pigeons to enter as well as creating a porous almost transparent structure.