Mar 20

Architectural Present

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 5:01 PM

The machine under the train track bridge is working, the mechanism functions as I expected. Now, the new challenge is to give the the machine an architectural present. The structure will not be fixed on this spot, it will traveling along the rail line.

To turn the machine into an architectural form, I have to adjust the size and shape of all components. Every joint that I have to make sure it is functional and precise, so that would be a lot of experiments.

Mar 18

When Roses Died

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 8:15 PM

I should have seen it coming when the roses died
Should have seen the end of summer in your eyes
I should have listened when you said good night
You really meant good bye

Baby ain’t it funny how you never ever learn to fall
You’re really on your knees when you think you’re standing tall
But only fools are know-it-alls and I’ve played that fool for you

I cried and I cried every night
There were nights that I died for you baby
I tried and I tried to deny it that your love drove me crazy baby

If the love that I got for you is gone
If the river I’ve cried ain’t that long
Then I’m wrong yeah I’m wrong
This ain’t a love song

Quoted from the Lyric of “This Ain’t A Love Song” by Bon Jovi

Mar 14

Improvisational Art

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 4:47 PM

Nothing else, just used the spare components to make an ……art piece. Just for fun!

Mar 08

Moving Tensile Structure

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 2:24 PM

Tensile structure carrying only tension and without compression or bending forces. But most tensile structure are supported by some form of compression or bending frames such as mast, compression rings, and compression beams. Tensile membrane structures are most used as roofs as they can span large distances.

In this moving tensile structure that the frames are based on the moving arms and powered by the movement of whole structure. The gear unit fits in the gear track, which placed by the train track, so when the structure moves the tensile roofs tilt back and forth too.

Mar 05

Transmission Between Train & Machine

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 1:08 PM

Although I’ve had the experiences to build this kind of machine, this piece still took me a lot of time to assemble it. After about 48 hours non-stop working period…..well, maybe 2 hours nap…..the sturcture has finally done. The most challenging of this product is that whole machine did not use any screws or nails, all joints are assembled with wood nog and glue. The machine is basically a three sets of linking mechanism but they run individually. All the shapes and sizes of every piece are under the expectation and function like them supposed to be. The only issue is bout the materiality that the mechanism was moving smoothly when it is only built in the single layer, but when I layering the machine it starts getting tight because it is made of hardboard that all components rubbing each other. I did put lots of wax on the joints but it didn’t help that much, let alone I was thinking to link all three sets of mechanism together.

Three gears are placed by the train track on the top of the bridge, which is the controller to drive the machine. When trains passing the machine runs. The metaphor of this project is to transfer the action from above the bridge to underneath based on the pure mechanism. For further extension of this project is to develop a structure on the spot. My first thought is to design a moving tensile structure, which traveling alone the train tracks and running on the certain timeline over Winnipeg (a ghost structure apeared at 5 early in the morning).

Mar 02

Mock Up

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 12:06 PM

To test all the components are functional and every piece fits each other, this experimental model is built to determine the size of wheels and arms. Some issues were found in this mock up such as the size of the holes and ratio of the gears, so I fix them before I move on to the final product.

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