Using Toronto's building height data, this project created an artificial topography of the city and reduced these conditions to a walkable scale. Through its shift in scale, participants developed a new interaction with the familiar city by exploring Toronto's constructed topography.
Independent Project presented at Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2012
Role: data sourcing and analysis, digital modeling, fabrication, physical protyping, fundraising
In collaboration with Taylor Davey, Samantha Eby and Katherine Kovalcik
Using Toronto's building heights within the downtown core, a topographic surface was generated. Furthermore, the Z-axis of the resultant surface was scaled to intensify the physical experience of walking on and through the installation by exaggerating the peaks and valleys.
The digital surface was physically manifested with an array of cardboard mailing tubes and acrylic rods. Building heights over 12 storeys were represented by glowing acrylic rods. For constructability and ease of transportation, the site was divided into over 20 individual panels. Each panel held a specific arrangement of 120 tubes determined by the previous analysis. In total, the project used over 16,000 cardboard tubes of 28 different heights and 3000 acrylic rods, illuminated with LEDs.