As a part of a course in the Yale Center for Innovation, Engineering, and Design, and partnering with the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building (AIB), I helped propose a design for exhibits that could be temporarily installed in the AIB's rotunda and four cathedral-like main halls.
After spending some time with the original plans and drawings of the AIB, it became clear that the building was designed using a regular grid of 13 foot cubes — 25 long, 25 wide, and 3 high. Using this grid as a foundation in order to make our interventions inherently compatible with the space, we began to imagine how we could use this grid to divide up the larger spaces of the main halls.
We began to imagine a system of modular 13 foot square planes that could be hung using a system of cables and joints anywhere along the grid, in order to divide up the space, and which could display printed or projected content to add to the AIB's exhibits and experiences. These planes could be easily reconfigured by curators as needs in the space change.
We built a ¼ inch : 1 foot scale model to present our proposal to the AIB, including detailing on the modular planes.
Full Scale Detail Model
We also produced a full scale model of the joints that would attach the planes to the cables that suspend them, and which would attach the cables to each other.