ROOM 003

UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

While seemingly sensible in drawing, a line segment cannot bend without some consideration regarding the thickness of that line – where does the bending originate within that thickness? And is it aligned to the front side of the line, backside of the line, or somewhere in between?

Regardless of the specific locations of the bending, let’s call them endpoints. The end point you see is represented with either a projecting cap, butt cap, miter joint, round joint, or a bevel joint…. In our vector based software program these are known as stroke settings, and they deal with the way lines are aligned--meaning to which side their thickness falls. . . and their miter limit--meaning the length or excess beyond which a miter joint would become a beveled square joint. . . and also the start and end shapes of each line segment…

So, it could be said that the primary focus is on the specificities of endpoints and the joining of things, and that the articulation of the profiles are for all intents and purposes. . . merely copies with another character.This project immediately undercuts any habit or default concerning the way that we might draw a line. . . A bent and broken line for that matter, and how that line and its offsets might be constructed out of a system of 1/2” thick gypsum board, 3-5/8” steel studs, and chunks of foam.

So this project works through layers of line segments and endpoint conditions at the mouldings and around the frame of the surfaces that they outline.

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