Linear Materials + Methods Making Workshops: 2D to 3D

Each material has a performance. Each material has a set of techniques. These can be challenged and dematierialzed (ex. slicing wood thin so that it can bend, taking a linear wood element and wetting it down, putting it in a jig, and drying to make a rigid bent member). Understand what the limits and potentials are for each of these materials. Understanding its limitations, the appropriate tools and how to use them, and how to connect them is the key to great Craft. If you find interesting examples, post them under the comments.

Workshop dates:


Students come with completed drawings and then beginnings of their models. Professor and Mentor will give feedback on drawings (points, line-weights, types, and as instructions to build). Professor and Mentor will go over the craft of using wooden sticks, how to cut, how to make a joint using different size sticks and pieces of wood. Students should come with 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″ and 1″ wood sticks and string, Easy Cutter, miter box, and glue.

Monday 07/11 [MAKING: FROM 2D TO 3D]:

Instructor will do a 15 minute demonstration of ways to see the potentials of your component in 3 dimensions. This Playground is about prototyping fast with quick connections. Dynamic play with flexible components will show other potentials for transformations that can be feedback into additional drawing layers. Students should come with 1/8″ and 1/4″ sticks, string, Easy Cutter, olfa knife, and cutting mat. Bring $7 each for purchase of medical tubing.


Easy Cutter, cutting matt, Japanese saw, miter box, blades (xacto knife or olfa knife), glue (sobo, tacky, elmers, etc), sand paper


Wood sticks and dowels (1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″,  1″), medical tubing


  1. Open space: Make sure that you have a clear workstation
  2. Keep it neat: Be careful not to mess up the drawings that you are using to build from
  3. Play it safe: Keep all tools out of the way and blades closed when not in use
  4. Go for it: Test as many of your ideas as you can


(discount with a valid student ID)
• Prattstore 550 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn NY
Tel: 718-789-1105
• Apple Art 321 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn NY
Tel: 718-399-2800
• Sam Flax 3 West 20th St and 900 Third Ave, NY NY
• A. I. Friedman 44 West 18th St, NY NY
• Utrecht 536 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
• New York Central 62 Third Avenue
National Balsa
• Dew Drafting Supplies
• Drafting


Cutting, Joints, and occasional gluing


Goals of your models:

clear translation of line-weights/layers of information from drawings into model.

clear instructions on how the drawing made instructions to build.

iterations to test the translations of the drawn geometry to the 3d

clear components and how they relate to each other through systematic connections. Syntax. revealing part-whole relationship

craft of joinery and overall model

performance of models


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Sequence of images of model A Sketch model 1A Component 1AMaiset A revised layer 1

Joint examples: There is no limit how two or more pieces of wood come together. There is an Idea behind this tectonic connection in addition to making one based on certain performance requirements. This can define how architecture stands apart from engineering.

joint taxonomy

performative model examples:

models with behaviors and properties, dynamic, and can be described beyond their dimension but their relationships

Yihan Li_101_07_Module    Joanna Yeung_101_07_Module

12FA_MGO_Berman_M2_Photo1_smallRyan Berman

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