AnimalHouse_Betta – Josh Stiling – Roger Williams University

Today we are looking at the social implications of blending physical and visual separations, a rather expansive architectural discourse; however the project is dealing with Betta Splendens Fish.  These fish are known as a fighting fish and playing with the separation of physical space with the provocative notion of visual connection to create tension is extremely intriguing.  Imagine this separation inter-graded into a stadium entrance separating fans at some of the biggest rivals in a soccer match?  A provocative investigation in the social implications it can suggest and the physical study itself is intriguing so enjoy after the jump!

STUDENT: Josh Stiling
SCHOOL:
 Roger Williams University
PROFESSORS: 
Andrew Thurlow
YEAR: 
2011
COURSE: 
Digital Manufacturing
PROGRAMS USED:
AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, and Rhino

“Deteriorating boundaries between technical application and conceptual design, Digital Manufacturing coursework examines the processes of developing digital 3-D designs for collaboration with machine-based manufacturing techniques to actualize computer- generative forms for functional use. Investigative computer modeling practices concern the use of scripting, poetics, and mimicry to respond to an issue with the conclusive result through fabrication.

Forms are generated through a combination of AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, and Rhino to be manipulated and realized using 3-D prototype printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, casting, and assembly.

Animal House is the generative product of resolution providing the most suitable house for a Betta Splendens Fish. The proposed solution identifies a habitat suitable to the Betta’s emotional and spatial comfort; paying tribute to the aesthetics and interactions which commercializes the species.

Two Betta are physically separated in a plexi-tank by a singular divider; transparent struts of the plexi-tank sectionally form distinct living zones based on the natural habits of the fish. The 3-D printed then vacuum-metalized divider responds to these habitual trends as the reflective ribbed pattern mimics the division levels of the fish’s tail, panning across the tank and reaching limits in the zone where flaring is induced.

Dimple patterns on the surface transition from convex to concave, diminishing reflectivity allowing for isolation at one end, while taking advantage of the flaring at the other end for maximum exfoliation in its most admirable state.” - Josh Stiling
All Text and Images via Josh Stiling

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