parametric cloud_formations installed for tulane architect's weekend parametric cloud_formations installed for tulane architect's weekend
feb 21, 2014

parametric cloud_formations installed for tulane architect's weekend

parametric cloud_formations installed for tulane architect’s weekend
all images courtesy of cloud_formations




‘cloud_formations’ was a weekend long installation project designed with hart marlow of SU11 and michael mccune of case inc, as part of tulane’s annual architect’s weekend, 2014. the event, known as ‘a-weekend’, is a student-organized tradition at the tulane school of architecture in new orleans, louisiana. the sculpture focused on the design and fabrication of a canopy, informed by dynamic site constraints.


tracking shortcuts that students take on their way to classes, the piece was conceived to frame these pathways. offering a symbiotic relationship between skin and structure, a comprehensive workflow was applied between multiple software platforms. the petals were parametrically derived, each unique, and CNC milled out of polycarbonate.


the sculpture was installed for tulane’s annual architect’s weekend and frames pathways taken by students


the ‘cloud_formations’ structure was conceived as a dynamic canopy


nighttime view showing the illuminated petals


a person sitting in the middle of the installation


looking up at the parametrically designed structure


detail of the petals


detail of the components


pipe geometry output from grasshopper


maya hair diagrams



CNC milled polycarbonate sheets


design charrette



project info:


title: cloud_formations
workshop leaders: hart marlow of SU11 and michael mccune of case inc.
design team: kyle graham, emily hayden, sam naylor, logan leggett, gavin west, niki esser, eric lynn, jamie park, vincent baudoin, shelby mills, melinda telford, gianna morelli, ben tinklenberg



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