Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Onion Pinch

The installation Onion Pinch: Digital Primitive Extended for Experimenta Design 09 is a design / production process exploring the idea of time as iteration and will take place in the Lisbon subway station of Cais do Sodre.

The design for the Installation is processed through the iteration and trasformation of a same component - a sheet of cork arranged as an "onion ring". The "onion" is the result of the figure defined by the attachment with one bolt of the two ends of the perimeter. The repetition and manipulation of
the same element will illustrate and feature the work of several New York based architects, designers, academic researchers and manifacturers. By exploiting the properties of the most essential material in Portuguese production (Portugal produces 50% of cork worldwide from the Cork Oak) the installation responds to programmatic and site contitions by adapting his form and body response. Taking advantage of its flexibility the design for the installation will be based on the transformation of its shape along different paths and configuration in the station by simply moving and adjusting one single bolt. The change of shape and connection between the parts will describe the trasformation and the contamination existing in the New York ground between research, education, practice, manufacturing and corporate world.
Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte
Tania Braquinho, Mauro Fassino, Katy Seaman
Cais do Sodre Subway Station, Libon
with contribution from Eng. Antonio Espinhosa
With support of Politecnico di Torino

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