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Spider Behaviour - Part 1 - Detection

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Project Title: Spider Behaviour

Condition: Academic

Date: 12/2016

/ Spider Behaviour is a computation and metabolism architecture project done by Chulalongkorn university undergraduate Settawut Leenavong. The project has explored the properties of how living organisms like spider behaves. The research includes the engineering and composition of spider silk webbing, environmental readings, components, and kits of parts required in the cycle of web construction.

The lightweight architecture uses a similar system in which spiders use to construct their space. The purpose is to experiment with the parametric design system that can develop the webbing enclosure into sites with extraordinary conditions. Also, to embrace architecture with their surroundings to enhance the organic relationship between constructed space and the site they occupy.

The peculiar subject is that the site is based on the human face. Our face is one of the most recognizable intricate parts of the body. They retain many profound features available for design interpretation and challenges.

Spider Behaviour is divided into three sections. The first involves the subject of facial analysis reconstruction; site analysis. The second deals with scale and dimension. And the third, finalize the computational design workflow and the connection of parametric webbing enclosures on all of the three sites they will occupy.

The drawing shows the mesh reconstruction of the face. The gradient of black and white arrows represent elevation, length differences, and direction to which the path is pointing downward.

Three areas marked in red are the dissected regions with great diversity in their characteristics. Each territory: eye, nose, and ear, has been analyzed for site abnormalities. /

/ The analysis breakdown the proximity region of the eye, nose, and ear to identify additional features and different layers of information. Our face has hairs, bumps, follicles, moisture, softness, slope, bones, and much more hidden features beneath the skin. These various readings have revealed conditions that distinguish the three locations.

Site 1 - Eye

The circular red arrows represent cluttered eyelashes and eyebrows; vector information on length, displacement, and angles. The drawing has revealed terrain texture, featuring a slippery eyeball zone and the position of a subsurface hard skull foundation. /

Surface analysis

Site 2 - Nose & Mouth

Similarly, the light density of the mustache and the hair surrounding the wrinkly lip appear to form a highly systematic grouping. On the other hand, upper nasal hairs persist in a more unpredictable pattern pointing against one another. /

Site 3 - Ear

The ear region is the most serene section. However, it grows sideburns, featuring the largest cluster of hairs that extend out gradually in one direction with minimal fluctuation in their axis. /

Physical models of the dissected regions

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