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espace pour nous

espace pour nous (2018—revisions in progress)


 
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In this project, I learned how to use Fusion360, a 3D modeling software, in order to design a series of temporary winter structures oriented towards providing a space for homeless people at Place Émilie-Gamelin, a public square near Montreal's Berri-UQAM station. This software enabled my digital mixing of materials, textures, and shapes that helped envision an alternative space that echoes the city's topographical features, symbolizes its creative and youthful DEMEANOUR, and mirrors the aesthetics of 'Les Jardins Gamelins'. Additionally, I familiarized myself extensively with the process of 3D printing, using both an Ultimaker 2+ and Prusa to print my structures so that individuals could have a visual and tactile means to interact with the model.


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THIS PROJECT BEGAN AS AN ATTEMPT TO LEARN A NEW SOFTWARE THROUGH THE DESIGN OF A PUBLIC SPACE IN MONTREAL.

THIS PAGE SHARES MY EXPLORATION INTO THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS AND THE PLAYFULNESS THAT AROSE IN PROTOTYPING ‘FAILED’ MODELS.

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concept overview:

3 spaces located at place Émilie-Gamelin

each space (espace pour tous, les cinemas gamelin, la serre) has a separate function, but together provide a synthesized space that offers resources first and foremost to people who are homeless in montreal.

in addition to this core function, the overall intent of ‘espace pour nous’ is to enhance environmentally sustainable community spaces, to provide an atmosphere where all are welcome and to do so through a space whose viability is dependent on the active employment of and engagement with those without a fixed home in montreal.

 
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I was particularly inspired by Toyo Ito’s design for TOD’s in Omotesando, Japan.

the 3d printed panels based on this design (shown below) would function as windows in the ‘cinemas gamelins’ space.

 

the rendering directly to the right are ideas for furniture pieces which can be made hollow, mycelium-based and broken into four seats or pushed together into one large bench.

Pushing the pieces together re-creates the montreal logo.

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The 3 spaces would be composed of different materials— storage containers (steel), mycelium, and timbercrete.

The design directly to the left is a partial-print of what would be a timbercrete-based and l-shaped structure.

the design directly below and on the right is the lower half of the same structure, but broken into pieces and stopped half-way to examine how different print settings affect durability and structural integrity.

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