LAB | Morgan I & II prototypes

Mor Gan I & II prototypes
These prototypes were designed for a design class in the Architecture school of Madrid during the year 2005 with professors​ Aranguren + Gallegos. The main idea was to create a membrane that would cover the user, that was foldable and transportable and that could be built using simple materials and folding operations. We wanted to avoid utopic ideas, so we worked on the real-scale model from the very beginning.

We were looking for a large-scale recyclable material and we realized that any industry generates waste at a much higher speed than any domestic environment. We chose the PVC canvas used in advertisement banners, discarded in the printing process or reused once it has fulfilled its purpose. PVC is ductile and tenacious; it presents dimensional stability and has very good resistance to environment and flames.

Building process
We proceeded with an old origami technique. The folds were reinforced with staples and we tried to use scissors as little as possible.

Mor Gan I
Starting with a 2.7×2.7 meters rectangular canvas and based on a series of origami folds, a semicubic element of 0.6×0.6×0.6 m was generated. Once folded it fitted​ into a regular Ikea plastic bag.

Mor Gan II
From a square canvas of 3.7×3.7 meters a semicubic space of 0.9x 0.9×0.9 m was generated. The structure was reinforced with two fiberglass rods, 3 mm in diameter and 185 cm long used in the construction of kites. Once folded it could​​ be carried in a classic blue Ikea bag.

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The theme of this years projects class was "Less is More". Each student had choose a previously used material and give it a second use. The results were awesome, everyone created great things.  I will post some photos of the presentation one of this days. My idea was to reuse  those big commercials canvases that hang on the buildings fold it as a cube so that children could use it as a tent.  
This following video is the making of the second Morgan. The canvas was bigger that the room so I had some complications. This is a time lapse resume of  one hour fighting with the PVC. I used a traditional stapler commonly used to staple paper and an classic origami folding system so that I didn't have to cut material. From a 2 dimnsional square to a habitable 3 dimensional cube. Voila! -Ioannes

DESIGN | Architecture and Urbanism in China

We are proud to present another AAGRAFA release. Five DVD discs covering the lectures focused on Spanish architects working in China that took place in Madrid Architecture School last September. Available now in ETSAM Library.

Arquitectura y Urbanismo en China

DISC1>>New Architecture of Young Generation in China  Prof. Zhi Wenjun
September 19, 2005 / Deposit number [V-565]

DISC2>>La Nueva ciudad de Bautou  Antonio Ruiz Barbarin
September 20, 2005 / Deposit number [V-566]

DISC3>>Nuestro trabajo en China  Juan Carlos Sancho y Sol Madrilejos
September 21, 2005 / Deposit number [V-567]

DISC4>>Proyectos Urbanos en China  Eduardo Leira
September 22, 2005 / Deposit number [V-568]

DISC5>>Torre Bionica y Ciudad España en Shangai Javier gomez Pioz y Rosa Cervera
September 23, 2005 / Deposit number [V-569]