A Reconstructed Memory
This project began to take shape as I considered the possibility of physically reconstructing my memory of an architectural space… specifically the house I grew up in. The circumstances surrounding this house are unusual in that during my time in undergraduate study my parents were forced to sell the house unexpectedly. It was strange to never see the place that I expected to return to. The house was sold and its new owners completely renovated it to the point that it was no longer recognizable. I decided to rebuild the house from memory as best I could. Here are my attempts in 3D:
I had planned to export the 3D model to a DXF Autocad file and use an intriguing little program written by Thomas Haenselmann called DXF2papercraft which does what it sounds like… transforming 3D models into flat paper cut-outs with glue tabs. Sadly my models were not agreeing with the software so I built by hand freestyle. Seen here at studio is my finished model just about to be completely crushed.
The concept for the book was to create a paper model that was not intended to be collapsible and then simply force it to collapse by closing a very sturdy book on it. The model (or memory) would then be “reconstructed” to the best of my ability using pop up derived mechanisms and techniques.
The result was not exactly what I had expected but I am still very pleased with the final object.