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Origamic Architecture: Stunning Sculptures Cut Out of Paper

Origamic Architecture: Stunning Sculptures Cut Out of Paper
In the Japanese paperfolding art of origami, cutting the paper is frowned upon. But in 1981, Masahiro Chatani, professor of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology proved that papercutting could indeed produce stunning pieces of art. Along with his colleague Keiko Nakazawa, Chatani developed Origamic Architecture, a variation of kirigami (itself a variation of origami where cuts were allowed), where you only needed an X-acto knife and a ruler to create complex 3-dimensional structures out of a single sheet of paper. Origamic Architecture sculptures range from (the relatively simple) geometric patterns to famous buildings' facades. Simple cuts can result in stunning geometric shapes - from Gerry Stormer's gallery (click the artist's name for more): Stairs to Paradise by Gerry Stormer (Photo: Carl Uetz) Diagonal Steps by Gerry Stormer (Photo: Carl Uetz) From the master himself, Masahiro Chatani's origamic architecture creations: By Ingrid Siliakus, based on Escher's Cycle (comparison) Related:  Kirigamiorigami galleryDrawing and models

★ Origamic Architecture Instructions & Free Kirigami Templates ★ Architectural origami is the art of paper cutting to create 3D buildings – from just one sheet of paper! The designs range from the simple to the exceptionally intricate, and the subject matter can be anything from a whole city to a famous landmark or even your own house. This page will focus on 90° pop-up buildings and detailed shapes, where the 3D design emerges and is fully visible when the paper is folded to an angle of 90 degrees. That means that this technique is well suited to making impressive pop-up cards as well – although you won’t be mass producing these for all your colleagues at Christmas (unless you start in January!) Below you will find inspirational examples of origami artist’s work, advice for creating your own artwork, plus free online downloads. If the lines are straight, use a steel ruler alongside your craft knife to get neat, perfectly straight cuts.

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Bauhaus Chessmen The Bauhaus Chessmen, designed by Josef Hartwig all the way back in 1923, are a great example about minimalism and simplicity in design, but above all a perfect example of applied symbolism. Each piece is shaped as a combination of cubes, cylinders and balls, representing the way they move on the board. For example, the queen is shaped with a big cube with a ball on representing it can move on any direction. Another touch of minimalism: the board itself does not have a frame: it’s just the checked field. The Bauhaus Chessmen is part of the MoMA Collection.

Baud and Bui | Origamic Architecture Kirigami Cards for Free ! At the beginning Origamic Architecture is a paper folding and cutting art created in the early 80's by Masahiro Chatani (a Japanese architect). It consists of a simple sheet of paper that the artist cuts and folds to create a pop-up shape as the card is opened. The OA cards frequently represent famous buildings or geometrical figures but there are many other possibilities. M.Chatani and Keiko Nakazawa have published many of early books on this Art. L'Architecture Origamique est un art du pliage-découpage initié au début des années 80 par Masahiro Chatani (un architecte japonais). Featured | Coup de Projecteur IDEES CADEAUXBASIC POP-UPde Jean-Charles Trebbi - aux editions Eyrolles Ce manuel d'initiation a pour but d'apprendre au lecteur "la grammaire" du pliage et de la découpe afin qu'il puisse créer soi-même ses pop-up. Before getting started If you need help or more info, go to the Tips and Tricks section. Si vous avez besoin d'aide ou de plus d'info, allez à la section Trucs et Astuces.

Laser Cutting and Scoring: A Folded Shape Paul Haeberli Nov 1996 This project explores using lasers to score and cut material to create very precise and complicated folded patterns. This was my first experiment in laser manufacturing. To get going, I read the AutoCad DXF spec and got a sample file from the studio that provides laser cutting services. Then I wrote a C program to allow me to generate a DXF file on my workstation with score and cut coordinates. The program generated a drawing that looked like this. I transferred the DXF file to a PC floppy and gave it to the studio with the laser cutting machine. On mylar the scored lines appear a light gray color, while on paper these score lines are slightly brown. To make this shape, first the material is folded into a zig zag pattern. Then one side of the object is folded like this. Finally the other side is folded in a similar way to complete the object. This is the same shape fabricated from paper. It's nice to explore the possibilities of these shapes as they are manipulated.

The Plato Effect in Architecture: Designing for Human Diversity The idea that a diverse population needs a diverse environment to succeed seems easy enough to grasp. Certainly, it is easier to comprehend than a one-size-fits-all design philosophy. Why then, in the name of universal design and equality, do architects continue to design uniform one-size-fits-all environments? Answering that is not so simple. Some may suggest that construction methods, costs, and site restrictions make diverse environments economically and physically infeasible. Others may fault the lack of courses architects take in human biology and psychology. Throughout history variation posed a major philosophical problem for those in search of objective truths both in design and life in general. For Plato, all human differences represent corrupted and messy shadows projected by the pure Human Form. Around the time of Christ, Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (Vitruvius) ushered in the most famous proportional essence of man. Photographs: Serge Melki Trysha Lorkan

Origamic Architecture, pop-up cards and other kirigami. Origamic architecture (OA) and pop-up cards are a type of kirigami. When compared to paper snowflakes, these paper art forms are like the “extreme sports” of kirigami. Kirigami Cut-Outs Most people will remember kirigami as the paper snowflakes made by school-aged children. Origamic Architecture and Pop-Up Cards OA was developed by Masahiro Chatani in the 1980’s (read bio). have published many books on how to make these amazing creations. Most origamic architecture designs are viewed when the paper is open half way (90° angle). Other Paper Arts There are many artists who create dazzling designs by cutting paper. Check out this lampshade made by Peter Ayres. As one might expect, artists who can do one form of paper cutting can usually do the other forms. Easy Pop-Up Projects There are a few easy pop-up projects that children can make. Tools for making OA True, hard core origamic architecture takes a lot of patience and skill.

Laser Cutting and Scoring: A 3D Surface Function Paul Haeberli Nov 1996 In this project, I construct a sculpture of a 3D surface function out of cardboard. This is my second experiment in laser manufacturing. It is inspired in part by one of my first computer graphics projects. The cardboard sheet looks like this after laser scoring and cutting. All the individual pieces are packed onto one sheet for efficiency. This part of the structure forms a rack to support 23 individual cards that slice through the surface function. This rack has 207 small slots cut into it. The rack is folded into a zig zag shape using scored lines on the under surface. Tabs on each card will fit into these slots. A binary encoded tag is scored into each card so the cards can be inserted in the correct order. Putting the first card in is a little tricky, but after a little while everything comes together. One down, 22 to go. This is the geometry of the tabs that fit into each slot. Next I insert the last card. Now adding cards is easy. Here's the final surface.