Calgary 9 Block Project by Mauricio Soto-Rubio

Architecture Students Address their City’s Sense of Safety Through Design

Project Specs


非常感谢 Mauricio Soto-Rubio 予gooood分享以下内容。
Appreciations towards Mauricio Soto-Rubio for providing the following description:

2020年,卡尔加里市与卡尔加里大学建筑学院合作开发了一个临时的实验装置,旨在提升该区域的安全性并为之注入活力。在Mauricio Soto-Rubio教授和机器人专家Guy Gardner的监督下,学生团队设计并建造了一个长度为70英尺(约21.3米)的轻量木制天顶,并配备以全互动式的3D打印灯具。


In 2020, the City of Calgary partnered with the architecture school to develop a temporary, experimental installation specifically tailored to improve the perceived sense of safety and vibrancy in the area. Under the supervision of Professor Mauricio Soto-Rubio and robotics specialist Guy Gardner, a team of students designed and built a 70-feet long lightweight wooden canopy equipped with fully interactive 3D printed lighting fixtures.

The project has drastically and comprehensively changed how the area between the City Hall and the City Building Design Lab is perceived, providing it with a safer, more dignified, and vibrant character.

▼项目外观,general view ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary

▼轻量的木制天顶沿建筑立面延伸,the lightweight wooden canopy provides an protection along the façade ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary


The canopy defines and activates the space beneath it and provides an extra degree of weather protection along the façade of the architecture school. New fixtures improve the level of lighting in the area at night and give it a unique and vibrant character.

▼夜间照明效果,lighting effect by night ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary


These colorful, fully interactive, 3D printed, LED lights are fitted with sensors that playfully respond to pedestrians walking underneath. The lamps vary in size from approximately 16 inches to 40 inches in diameter and were developed by means of an algorithmic script that controlled their dimensions, number of LEDs, individual geometry, and formal relation with the rest of the structure. The pieces were 3D printed by students using PLA plastic: a biodegradable, recyclable material that does not emit toxic emissions.

▼灯具细节,fixture detailed view ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary


▼结构细部,structural detail ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary

The team developed an innovative connection system, because of the temporary nature of the project that allowed the canopy to be installed on the building without permanently altering its façade. The custom-made steel brackets rely exclusively on friction without the use of mechanical or chemical anchors. This system facilitates the possibility for future designs to be attached to existing buildings in an attractive, seamless manner—independently of building protection requirements or heritage status. The wooden canopy was also built taking into consideration the extreme conditions of Canadian winters.

▼LED灯能够与行走在下方的路人产生有趣的互动 ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary
LED lights are fitted with sensors that playfully respond to pedestrians walking underneath

▼平面图,plan ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary

▼立面图,elevation ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary

▼剖面图,sections ©School of Architecture. University of Calgary

Technical Sheet
Official Project Name: 9 Block Project
Location: 616 Macleod Trail SE. Calgary
Client: The City of Calgary
Architects/designers: Mauricio Soto-Rubio
Project Manager: Mauricio Soto-Rubio
Design team: Guy Gardner, Jonathan Monfries, Shelby Christensen, Yuxin Liu, Ji Sun.
Collaborators: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Mercedes-Singh
Engineers: Entuitive
Suppliers: Upper Canada Forest Products
Lighting Designer: Guy Gardner
Project sector: Student Project
Budget: 75,000 CAN
Project completion date: Nov 2020
Photographer: Neil Zeller, Riley Brant

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