North and Central America->United States->Louisiana->New Orleans North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus
This was an undergraduate student project by Matt Canterna for Tamara Hilmey's ARCH 341 course, Autumn 2005.
"This system was derived after the study of an onion and its relationships between structure and skin. The cells of an onion are bound by a double, transparent membrane and when the onion grows the cells inflate to meet that membrane. A similar system is being created here as housing units will act to inflate a structural skin system. This modular skin will provide structure, enclosure, and circulation while at the same time being permeable. As a modular device, the established system can be disassembled, reconfigured, and is also infinitely expandable. The sectional qualities act in response to the persistent flooding in New Orleans as the permeable nature of the membrane allows free movement of water and acts as a new ground plane in the event of catastrophic flood levels." - Matt Canterna
This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present. The effort to preserve and digitize drawings in the Student Archives was sponsored in part by the Graham Foundation.