Compression Boundary

While contemporary architectural practice focuses on the arbitrary manipulation of exterior surfaces to create ‘exuberant’ buildings, the compression boundary utilizes density, hatching and the axonometric representation to alter volumetric architecture within simple forms. Computational design technologies negate the intrinsic potential of traditional architectural drawing techniques. Although these techniques have the connotation of merely being surface-based, the overlay and density of the hatching determines the aura, depth, light, resolution and structure of space.

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Diagrammatic Projections

The compression boundary was developed while researching the effects that expansionism had on cities and their colonias: resilient communities of minorities which thrive in silence, subsumed into the city at large. The boundary defined the colonia’s scope and directionality, fragmentation and compression of space.

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Fragmented Compression

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Fragmentation

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compressed Fragments

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Scope

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Fragmented Directionality

Exploration | Architectural

In architectural terms, the boundary was treated as a simple form, bound by its extents. Subtle moves all occurred within this boundary. The scope and directionality of space was divided into two horizontal axes and one vertical axis. The fragmentation of space was based upon the amount of structural retention and volumetric density. The axonometric representation was essential to exploring these concepts further at varying angles.

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Exploration | Graphical

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Details

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Production

Efficiency was key to the development of this thesis. In order to maintain a steady workflow, I created both digital jigs (Grasshopper + Revit + Rhino) and analog jigs. Digital tools were all used as a method of creating a line, just as a pen is used to do the same on paper.

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore

Compression Boundary Architectural Thesis | Forrest Walker Whitmore