Sarah Hirschman
M.Arch. 2011

The first version of my final project proposal was for a series of panels that could be networked together, and collectively display some kind of information - this case showed the time, with an ability to network the clocks so that they could show some kind of shape output.

I still like this idea, but I wanted to come up with something that was a little more compact, with fewer moving parts, that could be more like a building block toy, even though it's quite complicated inside.

In this version of the idea, the wall paneling system is made up of thicker, more transparent blocks. I'm still interested in showing the patterning that tesselations allow across the wall, but I'm not entirely sure what the best way to do it is - strings of lights?

As you can see here, the panels are each identical, as are the triangular connector pieces at the ends that close the circuits, it's just the rotation that allows a shift in the funciton of the wall system as a whole.

Here it's easier to see what pieces are connected thoroughly across the wall. The triangular connector pieces are important here, because they're also a potential source of power, in a place where the circuits come together.

I think it would be nice to use a transparent material - maybe resin - to make solid pieces for this.

The triangular connector pieces would be even more simple, just bringing one end of a circuit into contact with the other.

I think I could make the panels in two pieces, split through the middle, that allow for the circuitry to be embedded within the panel.

In terms of materials, the following are a beginning list:

OOMOO30 - for the panel casts

wiring and LEDs - depending on how the circuit ends up getting expressed in the face of the panel

resin - and somewhere extremely well ventilated to use it...

pwoer supplies - possibly battery-powered or hand-crank generated - inside the triangular connector pieces