To test their concept, the Work in Progress team created two different types of models: paper and cardboard/3D printed.
The team used Pepakura, a free open-source software, to ‘unfold’ the polygons making up the sculpture (which were 3D-modelled in Grasshopper for Rhino) to produce a paper model. The team reviewed and critiqued each paper model iteration and made modifications before arriving at a final version.
Pepakura is used in Sheridan’s 3D and conceptual courses in Interaction Design and the York-Sheridan Design program.
Once the team had a satisfactory working paper model they projection-mapped imagery onto its surface.
To evaluate function and fit, the team built a small model of the second floor of the Creativity Commons at Hazel McCallion Campus B-Wing out of cardboard. They then 3D-printed a sculpture to scale for five of their size versions and added scaled human figures/furniture. The model makes it possible to consider the footprint and location of different sizes of the sculpture relative to the overall space in both day-to-day use and in moments of higher human traffic, such as during special events.