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Overcome Limits

Autor principal: Mitisor Andrei Alexandru
Coautori: Ravan Clondir

"To overcome the limits, you have to know them.” (the team that imagined this exhibition stand)

The only limit is in people. And this limit is the level of information of each one (we can replace with education, culture, group values, national values, etc.), so the limit is in knowledge and  the knowledge is in books. This is the stand concept proposed by our team: knowing is the limit, access to knowledge makes the boundaries disappear.

The idea of the proposed stand is very simple and is represented in the concept diagram of the slab 

The surface to be disposed is divided into three zones, symbolically "delimited" by the only limit allowed in the arrangement, the books (knowledge). The proposed areas have been titled: core value - our future, crossing area - trading knowledge, promote knowledge -spread tolerance.

The three areas correspond to the functions required by the brief:

1. core value - our future, the children's area, placed at the most protected part of the stand, both symbolically and functionally.

2. crossing area - trading knowledge, book sale area; the mode of exposure is even the central structure of the stand, allows an optimal use of the surface, meets the requirements for visibility of books, and from a symbolic point of view is the basis of the concept, a structure consisting of "knowledge".

3. promoting knowledge - spreading tolerance, debates and book presentations; is the area open to the public where the stand visibility is the highest, in the moments of presentation or debate and in the moments without activity in the area. Symbolic is the representation of a protective tissue that invites to proximity and knowledge, invites access to the crossing area, the book sale zone.

Beyond the functional and symbolic aspect of the stand, our team also proposes an interaction to take place during the event. Being a book fair (the book is a circulating object with signs), we thought to replicate this in a personal register in the idea of an approachment between people who do not know each other (tolerance to each other) by means of "signs“ exchange. Thus, elements in the stand structure (cardboard) can be taken by those who visit the British stand as a reminder of the fair. On that board there is the signature ("sign") of an unknown British citizen, and the person who takes this object, signs another plate. Our idea is to "dematerialize" part of the stand so that the elements remaining, along with the plates signed by the visitors, to be re-assembled in the UK either at a similar event (book fair) or in an independently organized event, so that British visitors can take with them the signed boards from the bookfest. The idea of exchanging signs between people who do not know eachother is in our view representative of the spirit of tolerance.

Moreover, the spirit of tolerance is reinforced by the constructive "transparency" of the stand, the possibility of going beyond the boundary of the built volume, from any aspect of the structure.

Being open to the world, showing who you are and what you value, letting everyone know you from the desire to know your style, is the spirit of this book stand, the spirit of Great Britain.

Technical data:

The main building materials / block of the pavillion are corrugated cardboard and 3d printed nodes. We use a parametric design process to generate and control the whole structure . we use layers on top of layers of algorithms to optimise the struture so that we obtain the most number of identical parts. After the first optimisation process we achieve 67% identical geometry.600x300x24 panels The second optimisation process we acieve 82 % identical geometry. After this optimisation we filter the triangles after 3 parameters- verticality , above 60cm and bellow 220cm. In this cells we iterate the tessellation one more time to produce the bookshelf area. This parts are made out of 2 layer of 8mm carugated cardboard. We use 3 layers of 8 mm white corrugated cardboard as the main material. In the lower area (the bookshelf) were we have the most load (5% of the panels) , we can replace the inner layer with 8mm layered wood to support the weight of the books.

The algorithm outputs all parts with tags and construction detalis. The cardboard (that is not given as gift) is to be restored and reciled. The nodes are 3d printed out of PLA (Polylactic acid or polylactic acid or polylactide is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic) and after the lifespan of the pavillion elapses are to be returned to the manufacturer to be recycled in new 3d printing fillament.

We work with Kaustik productie srl. as the main contractor and 3d print store as a 3d printing supplier. Both have experience in digital fabrication and complex structures, and will produce the pavillion in the budget.

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