Paper Engineering: Hw#4




For this week’s assignment: Make something modular I decided to revisit the  Sonobe Origami unit Sam introduced us to in class. He mentioned that it’s a common building block for many shapes. In class he had us fold a single one, and then as a group assemble our individual pieces into a cube.

After some googling of sonobe unit shapes I came across the Modular Origami Icosahedron from 30 Sonobe units! See inspiration post here. Although I really love the color study ones, but knew I should take it slow and start with understanding the form.

These Icosaherdon’s are made from cut squares from old magazines. The two links below really helped remind me what we folded in class & how to then make the Icosahedron.


I really enjoyed the all text one as a poetic way to interact with text & create new coincidences of story and word pairs from the random weaving of the text sheets.




Paper Engineering: HW4 – create something modular (Inspiration)


Initially Inspired by this Robert Lang Elevated Icosahedren 



[Above Image is from the blog Philodendron  / the post Modular Paper Art]

After doing some more digging I found my self really attracted to these modular color study wall art / paper studies. Would like to try and recreate as a puzzle verses more of a wall art item ❤  Philodendron’s post was initially inspired by Design Sponge’s post here 



Thinking about color studies:









Paper Engineering: W3

Tab & Slot Structural explorations + Automatic Pull Strip Mechanism 
Went around and shared our homework assignments. A lot of people utilized cross sectioning as a way to strengthen their projects. We then also brainstormed our final projects and were assigned a modular assembly creation challenge.

He passed around a couple books and showed us online links to some examples of architectural paper popups he enjoyed like the Amsterdam Canal House below.  When someone mentioned they hoped to try a architectural project he mentioned that sometimes like the Harry Potter Popup book below its nice when its a fantastical place because it can allow you scale/realism flexiblity. And mentioned the Frank Gehry Popup book as an example that doesn’t quite hit the mark in that way.

His friend Simon Arzipe’s The Wild Pop-Up Object was really interesting as a storytelling mechanism that can continually rotated through 3 scenes.






We also explored a couple of different Slide Tongue Mechanisms / Automatic Pull Strips