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The first exhibition

It was a success, although the crowd was a bit underwhelming, I was extremely impressed about how everyone pulled through, I was very lucky in having dedicated and ambitious teammates so that we could deliver the center piece of the exhibition (in my humble opinion). Now let me divulge some secrets about Percy, we chose bones as a element for him because we wanted him to be a critique towards the sites we were given, New York and Liverpool, cities which both thrived on the slave trade, and were at a time two of the biggest slave trade centers of the world. The two sites are set in the docks so the correlation is even more obvious with the idea that Percy would illustrate how both cities were built on the bones of the slaves, and that fact was slowly overwritten, to the point of people not being aware of it anymore. A friend said he could name 10 streets in Liverpool named after slave traders/owners, but being embedded so deep in routine and normality, people eventually forget the atrocities committed in for the comfort of others. The architectural device we created through Percy will help develop buildings that will be strongly correlated with the past of the two sites and will make people aware of it. Some might say that what is history it is already written and nothing can be changed, but keeping a close eye on it will prevent it from repeating itself. There are a lot of mistakes that humanity made along it`s history, and most of them should never happen again. Architects should enforce this idea through the statements of their architecture, people can be made aware of the past through subtlety as well, not only history books, tangential learning could be a key element in making a whole demographic aware of a real problem that could be affecting them without even knowing. But I`ll leave that rant for some other time in the meanwhile enjoy the exhibition, there are photos of us setting it up, and of the final look of it.

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Percy 2.0 is on its way

I`ve been working on this thing for almost a week now, if I am lucky I`ll have it finished tonight, its kind of fun working on it, and I have learned almost all there is to learn in Rhino while doing it, but it was almost 12 hours per day of work. Tomorrow I`ll do some texture development and some mapping tests and if all goes well I`ll have my first render by sunset. The biggest difficulty I had was with the kidneys, which I had made out of chain but they ended up so dense that my computer couldn`t handle it, so I decided that the best approach would be by resolving them through textures, though I`ll try another method tomorrow.

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Percy`s rendered head

Finally I managed to get a form that I`m happy with, kind of. The backside is still rough, I`ll fix it tomorrow, I got it figured out but i still can`t stress enough how different Rhino is to 3dsmax. All I need to do now is create a better texture, or maybe a plethora of them to create a nice composition for the overall scene. Doing this helped me understand the times of surfaces and solids in rhino, how they interact and edge conditions, its all still a bit fuzzy. I rendered against a black void to get it done faster because its late and tomorrow I have uni.

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Mistakes were made

I`ve had a go at modeling Percy`s head in Rhino, but it is so poorly made I didn`t even bother to give it an HD render. Basically what happened was that because i`m so used with 3ds max modelling, instead of creating a bunch of solids and resolving them through boolean geometry I`ve ended up trying to make the whole thing out of surfaces and polysurfaces and create one single solid at the end. It was a mess… porc

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Urban dweller (aka Percy) with a hint of personal manifesto

The final product is here. This work is targeted at a lot of the modern urban architecture.

DSCN0344 title the word cloud DSCN0368 DSCN0365 DSCN0364 DSCN0362 DSCN0361 DSCN0360 DSCN0359 DSCN0358The main idea is that a lot of modern architecture is devoid of concept and does nothing to deal with the human condition, it is reluctant to communicate with it and suffices to cover it up. If we are the sum of our past experiences, then whole civilizations were shaped by the architecture that surrounds them. Percy is the type of human that is shaped by the current condition, while architecture instead of being a stage for life, celebrating it, it is a placeless object that can be devoid of context, concept or intellectual ambition.  DSCN0357 DSCN0356 DSCN0355 DSCN0354

It is my belief that architecture is a concept so abstract that it can never be attributed to the object, but it is the property of the human mind. Percy is feeling good dressed in random parametric shapes because he doesn`t know how to feel about it, he doesn`t know how to express about it and he doesn`t know how to distinguish architecture from buildings. The actual and extremely difficult task of the new generation of architects is to help Percy acknowledge their architecture rather than their buildings.DSCN0353 DSCN0352 DSCN0351 DSCN0350

The only reality is perception, we as architects are modeling reality, altering environments and manipulating the senses, before the 1950s or so architecture shaped the humans more than any media, but since then it was a slow but progressive losing battle with television and internet. Architecture was equal to home, tradition, authority, identity etc. We need to fight back and create places rather than spaces. DSCN0349 DSCN0348 DSCN0347 DSCN0346This is not the end of Percy, he will continue to be a work in progress, next stop is creating a 3D parametric model of him.

Percy is getting quite fabulous

We finally started dressing him up. He has a modern and sophisticated look.DSCN0307

DSCN0306DSCN0311DSCN0309DSCN0310 DSCN0312This is Percy`s black heart (upside down version) and of course his pair of black kidneys  DSCN0321 DSCN0323 DSCN0325DSCN0319Tomorrow is the big day for Percy, he will be on life`s great stage, I`ll be making a final post with a full interpretation and commentary as soon as we finish the work.

 

Percy a real boy?

How would Percy become a real boy without a heart?

DSCN0274DSCN0274 DSCN0276 DSCN0277 DSCN0278 DSCN0279He would never get to truly feel life`s pleasures without a set of kidneys and a liver.

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We also managed to get his ribs right and turn his head towards the public…beware, work in progress!!!DSCN0297 DSCN0298 DSCN0299 DSCN0300 DSCN0301