David Costanza
Faculty work

TipTap is an interactive urban object that seeks to bring together the diverse social and cultural bodies in Houston through coordinated play. The design of the object is conceived of as two offset circles. The outer circle is 15' in diameter and the inner circle is 5' in diameter. Each circle is segmented into 7 equal parts to allow construction using linear structural members. The resultant heptagons are strategically shifted from the initial center points producing varied experiences and interactions with the urban object. The spacing on one side of the object allows for people to lay horizontally in a hammock-like condition. On the opposite side, the distance is reduced, directing the user upright into a seated position. The structure is produced using 3D printed nodes wrapped with fiberglass tape that define the angles and geometry of pultruded fiberglass tubes. 

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