Friday, November 16, 2018

Low-Tech Design Challenge

As the students developed the design further, the idea of using household objects to maintain a low-cost, low-tech project that was still intriguing and engaging came into play. The room would be filled with 8 modules that attached to each other to shrink the size of the room. One module is consistent of recycled wood for the structure and frame, a household floor fan sealed by a plastic bag, LED’s, fabric and black bristol board paper for the textile skin.

Using Arduino technology, a monitor is being mounted above each module which sensors as a person walks by, this will cause the LED’s to turn on behind the black skin and the fan to expand the bag onto the fabric, resulting in the skin imposing on the individual. FRAKTUR focuses on a modular assembly to achieve the breathing walls without over complicating its design.

The Gladstone Hotel, being a heritage building offered a list of restrictions on the team; small door and corridors, few outlets, unlevel floors. The students visited the space several times while developing to ensure the design was possible to achieve.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

CUTMR 2019: FRAKTUR meets Gladstone

As the school year is coming to an end, the deadline’s continue… Submissions for the Gladstone Hotel’s annual Come Up To My Room exhibition are making way. #CUTMR2019 is all about exploring interactive design that stimulates creativity and imagination. This year the [R]ed[U]x team made a proposal to represent Ryerson for one of the small rooms of the hotel.

Exploring the means of expansion and contraction through kinetic design, FRAKTUR intends on making the static room feel alive. It breathes life into an otherwise dark and confined space. Akin to the mechanics of organic beings, FRAKTUR will create the sensation of breathing that is naturally associated with life and its reaction to humans. It may evoke fear, claustrophobia, curiosity, or maybe even comfort as visitors enter the room. As soon it senses the presence of a wanderer, it reacts defensively. The walls begin to breathe and expand, occupying a greater amount of space. Glowing cracks are revealed in its once uniform jet-black skin as it attempts to interact eerily with the foreign entity. One may feel as if they had entered into the belly of a beast as the pulsating walls close in...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bata Shoe Museum 150th Window Video

After all the celebrations calmed down, the team behind the Bata Shoe Museum installation for Canada's 150th anniversary had a moment to document their work including a succinct video on Ryerson University's experiential learning and city-building opportunities.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winning entry for Winterstations 2018 announced!

After a department-wide competition, the jury of DAS professors and staff have selected the winning design to represent Ryerson at the 2018 Winterstations installation... Nest! The students' proposal is inspired by this year's theme RIOT, drawing inspiration from structures built in impromptu protests. The exterior of the station is reminiscent of being bombarded by information, reflecting the current chaotic lifestyle.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CANtinue? Canstruction 2017

It's that time of year again! [Red[U]x Lab's structure is on display at the Metro Convention Center for the annual Canstruction Competition.

This year's installation, "CANtinue?" is based on the Sony Playstation 4 controller and console. Staying true to the gaming theme, the students envisioned each can to represent a pixel to create the overall composition. Gaming consoles of all generations have been a memorable part of individuals’ lives growing up. Games bring people together and our goal was to use this installation to bring back that sense of nostalgia while raising awareness to end hunger in Toronto. The charging status of the controller is indicated by LED lighting. The goal is to reach 100% for not only energy level, but also awareness for the cause.

Using 4224 cans, some additional dry goods and costs of tape the students (and the bonus help of a professor) were able to once again showcase Ryerson students' capacity for structurally stable design and teamwork.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fabrication has begun for the ParkletTO

As the semester ends, the shipment of Accoya wood arrived and the Parklet team began the fabrication of the project. Starting with the cutting and sorting of the wood, the team then went on to sand down edges and arrange the pieces for the modules. With the thousands of unique pieces that need to be perfectly sized, the team will be steadily working away at this for several weeks!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bata Shoe Museum Proposals

The team behind the Bata Shoe Museum 150th Canadian Anniversary window visited the site and came up with several design options before commencing production on the current scheme.
Visiting the site with the new team of [R]ed[U]x Lab members meant not only documenting the site but also taking a look at the finer details of the past installation that would better inform the infrastructure resources for the new design.

As evidenced by the options produced the team delivered on a range of options including representations of urban centres to the nation's geological morphology. Here are several initial proposals at the outset of the project.