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## COMBINATORIAL MODELS

Through the course of this exercise, we delve into the exploration of geometry as an embodiment of all the 3 dimensions which make up a volume. Students begin by exploring the constructs of primary solids and their fundamental geometrical proportions by creating models using linear, planar, and volumetric materials.

Equipped with an understanding of the form of these primary solids, the students are introduced to two fundamental operations of addition and subtraction, which they can begin to utilize to produce complex solid geometries as an exploration of form development.

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The engagement with these simple operatives as an exploration of combining different 3-dimensional  geometries in several possible actions such as repetition, fragmentation, intersection, qualification, and distortion, will produce a set of complex combinatorial models which we could term as autonomous neutral objects.

## Students Work

Sketches drawn are with the understanding of primary solids to which elements of different proportions and sizes were added and subtracted. Different operations were explored until the orientation of the different elements was satisfactory.

A planar material; the ivory sheet was used to make the models as it offered sturdiness and gave a crisp white appearance to the models.

The model works at exploring two basic solids: cube and cuboid. The solids are added to each other at different angles giving it a distorted look which helps create a new complex combinatorial model. It helps put geometry, volume and varying dimensions of solids into perspective.

Suhani Khandelwal

Planar materials like file cards were used for these models. The process of making the model began by drawing out the various planes and panels on paper and then drafting it on the filecard. Variation in size and shape of the niches and protruding elements was used to create an interesting composition and to achieve a sense of complexity via the positions of addition and subtraction elements. Cubes and cuboids were used with variation in their dimensions.