Gasoline- was once a waste product. It was thrown away, skimmed off the top of crude oil. Refinement and applications of it was an innovation.
It is my aspiration that a similar process is at a precipice with cut stone, and I intend to explore the possibilities.
Whenever limestone is processed, there are two waste pieces, the ‘roughbacks’ the faces on either side of the stone that are so uneven they can not be used for traditional construction.
What if the roughbacks could become part of the pattern, of the nature of the building facade, the capitol or the connection to earth, what if the small underscaled pieces used as possible?
Here is my initial reaction:
the stone could be cut to look like ‘hyposurface. Large chunks could be used, but smaller ones could be categoriezed and used to make individual triangular panels.
the surface could be scanned in, then triangles could be ‘best fit’ into the individual panels. this could be used to mesh a building faceade with systems like hyposurface, complex window geometries, to create a building rhythm that flows across a building facade.
The shape of the panel would be broken into triangles so that a ordering system could be established, but the triangles themselves could be designed be convex or concave to make patterns, catch the sun, or even create images.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZysu9QcceM) – interactive wood blocks. — inspiration
http://www.livearchitecture.net/archives/4883 – potential geometry subdivision methods ( imagine an entire facade!)
Please let me know what you think!