Sodium Design

The Body in Space

The students first set out to investigate a specific relationship the body has to its surroundings and design a method of capture that can create a complex and dynamic data set that would yield a variety of analytical possibilities. Employing bodily movements varying from the analysis of break dancing to the kinesthetic articulation of a simple jump, the levels of investigation vary both in scope and scale. Throughout this process each group generates a series of preliminary computer and rapid prototyped models that allow them to envision their designs in an iterative nature. Utilizing precedent studies as inspiration for their construction techniques and to glean aesthetic information from their derivative forms, the groups begin to understand and realize the potential spatial influence of their projects. The final aspect of the project revolves around the full-scale detailing and fabrication of each design. This phase gives the students, in many cases, their first exposure to fabrication, utilizing either digital or traditional techniques. Through the application of CNC technology and traditional techniques the groups produce installations that prove to be provocative and express the spatial interests investigated in each project.

The Jumper

This project analyzed the body positions of a bungee jumper in freefall. This video analysis abstracted the jumper over time and elicited a composite plywood lamination that was precariously woven through a handrail and overhanging a walkway. The installation was efficiently constructed on the CNC router a proved to have a long lifespan as it became a place for common place for repose outside of one of the college lecture halls.


Through a series of ergonomic and kinesthetic design studies the body was analyzed based on three positions, sitting, leaning and conversing. The creation of the final surface was comprised of a series of these analytic sections lofted together to form two-sided continuous surface from which a section was constructed. The constructed portion utilized the CNC router to fabricate the plywood structural ribs as well as the doubly curved drywall skin.

Crowd Control

This Body in Space project chose to analyze the behavior of a larger number of people within the central salon space at the UNCC School of Architecture. Through a series of diagramming and photography studies the student the students posited that because of the bi-axial nature of the salon people tended to nearly collide with one another at the center of the salon. As such this design emphasized this observation and created a construction that would allow entrance from all four access points and would combine in the center, essentially forcing this interaction.
The construction itself was executed in utilizing a simple egg crating technique with a double stretch Lycra fabric facing the plywood structure.