For this assignment I dedicated 15 hours of my weekend to appeasing the goddess Blender.
I'm not sure the video below will win any awards, but hopefully it gets the point across.
My concept for the final project is a snap-together modular green roof system.
Green roofs slow heat transfer through a building's roof, combat the urban heat
island effect, and provide pleasant roof top gardens for a building's occupants.
Traditional green roofs are constructed in place by specialized contractors. First,
special barrier materials are laid over the existing roof, then a 8-30+ inches thick
soil/aggregate layer is created, and finally the plants are planted. Modular
green roof systems are prefabricated (and sometimes pre-grown), reducing installation
time and cost.
Unfortunately, commercial modular systems available today are designed
as 2-D only systems (aka: flat). In my proposed system, a designer would first scuplt
a 3-D green roof terrain. This terrain would then be processed into list of dimensions
for individual green roof modules and support structure. The components of the modules
and structure are inherently 2-D to enable inexpensive fabrication on flatbed CNC
equipment. The components are then snapped together to form a 3-D triangle mesh that
forms of the topograpy of the garden.