NANOGA: Dimension, Code and Form

Nanotechnology studio coach Dr. Ryan Wartena shares his thoughts on Day 3 of the studio.

“Nanotechnology of Growing Architecture” studio
by Dr. Ryan Wartena

Day 3: The NuVu of NANOGA: Dimension, Code and Form

Search, Reference and Measure
The fruits of yesterday’s Library Operation Mission was exercised by a lesson aimed at understanding length scales of atoms, self-assembled nanowires and biological cells. Measurements of characteristic length scales of atomic spacings, crystal lattice constants, nanotube & nanowire diameters and animal cells were made and compared in nanometers, micrometers (microns) and millimeters. Students discussed and understood what their images were and how the images were taken when some of the features are Invisible. We discussed the visible wavelength of light and how crystal characteristic lengths play a part in the color we see and don’t see. We discussed Prof. Angela Belcher’s method of crystallizing solids from solution using DNA coated organisms and methods of growing patterned carbon nanotubes.

Began the pointing game with an example. The wall and the paint was identified as the point of the pointing game and deconstructed to include hydrocarbon polymers and pigments with specific lattice structures determined to be in the 520 nm range.

The discussion arose of the mysterious gap between crystal growth as a fundamental mechanism of phase change and biologically directed functional generation. Intentional Seed Design technology was discussed as a methodology of spanning the gap and is the focus of the current NuVuNANOGA Studio.

Compiling the Natural Construction Code for Seed Form1

Homework from last night included remembering and generating the Natural Rule Set from individual memory and compile their perspective of the Natural Construction Code for the Seed Form1. This is the result. Please comment with any missing steps.

Natural Construction Code for Seed Form1; September 22, 2010

0. Intention – Make a 3D, closed structure out of multiple seeds of life

1. Form team of 11 (human, NuVu Nanotechnology and Growing Architecture) students.

2. Give each student 7 or 8 opaque plastic circles of the same size from the recycling plant at the Children’s Museum in Boston, MA.

3. Take 7 or 8 plastic circles and arrange into pattern known as the seed of life.

4. Have each student make 1 or 2 seeds of life for a total of 13.

5. Tape the plastic circles into place.

6. [with choice of construction method].

7. Start with one person’s seed in the center.

8. Go clockwise from there, one person at a time to place.

9. Let each individual decide for themselves the placement of their seed, creatively.

10. New Rule: make 3 balanced legs extruding from center.

11. Add one seed of life at slight curve to “cap off” on one of the legs.

12. Place one student’s seeds of life in center of table.

13. Develop skeletal structure of tape, rules determined further in the process.

[Perimeter outline utilized and zig-zag shape also utilized]

14. Tape side (with white tape only).

15. When taping do not tape over the table.

16. Do not tape over Lili’s flower/seed.

17. Use tape design of choice following crystal pattern.

18. Or, use tape design of choice not following crystal pattern.

19. Flip over.

20. Make sure tape only connects from center of circle to center of circle.

21. Making sure the tape does not touch the table when attached, also known as rule 26 during construction.

22. Fold three ends of shape so that they over lap each other.

23. Tape together.

24. Only overlapping by 1 seed of life at a certain point.

25. String up structure through the big hole on the top, 3 times.

26. Use collaboration and swivel chairs to sting up 3D model.

27. Hang from ceiling.

The NANOGA completed the NuVu of Day 3 by making forms from stainless steel wire that fit into a specific sized vessel.
They experimented with both circular and crystal-inspired forms. These metal forms will be applied to initial experiments in
mixed electrowinning of metal and crystallization on uniquely paired intentional Seed forms.

1. 11 images of “Processes” and “Growth”
2. 11 types of Growth Processes

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