Posted by: lboudreau | April 11, 2011

Budding Architects

Today is Conics Test Day!  Woo-hoo!  Classes full of students working as architectural teams, designing a new building for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Not that I’ve been there,but it seems a likely location for fluid design.

Students already planning (overly?) elaborate designs.  Ellipses and hyperbolas and parabolas and lines, drafted on large sheets of graph paper, described in polar, parametric,and rectangular form (yay! analytic geometry).  The mind boggles.  Can’t wait to see their final work.

As an aside, I’ve lost the thrill of digital production–it’s simply been too awkward to draft and grade.  It’s probably just that we don’t have the right platform, but it’s hard to research new platforms during the school year.  So, for now we use paper, and I keep digital production on the list.  I rather like the large-format hand graphing, too.  I think engaging larger muscles may help to reinforce the mathematics.  (Maybe not, but it’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)

Here are images from the days:


The Big Work

Hard at work, or hardly working?

BIG Graphing

Ellipse or Hyperbola?


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