June 17, 2013 9:00 AM
For centuries, lace has been made by hand using bobbins and thread. But a group of Tulane University architecture students used generative computer software and a laser cutter to create intricate lace patterns on corrugated plastic.
“Within a lace pattern there is an inherent geometric structure that allows the lace to hold itself together, but there is also a decorative aspect that allows patterning and beauty to emerge.”The winning team included recent architecture graduates Christopher Berends and Mary Beth Luster, as well as fourth-year students Jake Gamberg and India Jacobs and fifth-year student Devin Reynolds.
“The students did a terrific job in designing and implementing an installation based on research ideas that they were introduced to at the beginning of the semester,” says Eloueini, the Favrot Professor of Architecture.In the course, students examined the properties of lace, then put their design skills to the test using sophisticated computer drafting, modeling and scripting software. They took a two-dimensional lace pattern and, using the software, distorted it into a three-dimensional form using concepts of mass repetition and mass variation.
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