W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   The project experiments with composite technologies to generate architectural components, and it uses these components to fortify the urbanity of downtown Las Vegas, a city primed to cultivate a growing start-up culture fueled by a transient community of entrepreneurs and freelancers.  WICK combines material innovation (pultrusion and robot facilitated braiding/knitting) with a delivery apparatus for environment control to create self-supporting public spaces for social mingling – an alternative model for the “third place.” WICK has been rehearsed on a number of scales, from furniture to adapted infrastructure to entire buildings.  Our contention is that through a contagious architecture we can stimulate a typically underprivileged economic cohort. The independent workers of the transient entrepreneurial community are traditionally not seen as the economic drivers for a major city, but that has been changing in our digital era. There is sympathy between the specialized flexibility of the transient population and the implementation of a highly performative yet flexible architectural system. WICK is a live network of intelligent mechanical and electrical systems embodied in a structural fabric, one that allows one to plug their laptop, enjoy diffused lighting, cooling and humidity control, and uninterrupted wifi coverage. It has the ability to collect user data over time, which can be used to further refine the technology with each iteration in a feedback loop. The longer WICK is in use, the more it can learn about its users and how it needs to adapt to best facilitate social collision.  The manner in which a mobile professional works and lives in a city served as an analogy for how this system operates within a building, on its own, or in a city. Our hope is that within this arid context of Las Vegas we can nurture a bit of social engineering through architecture.     © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

The project experiments with composite technologies to generate architectural components, and it uses these components to fortify the urbanity of downtown Las Vegas, a city primed to cultivate a growing start-up culture fueled by a transient community of entrepreneurs and freelancers.

WICK combines material innovation (pultrusion and robot facilitated braiding/knitting) with a delivery apparatus for environment control to create self-supporting public spaces for social mingling – an alternative model for the “third place.” WICK has been rehearsed on a number of scales, from furniture to adapted infrastructure to entire buildings.

Our contention is that through a contagious architecture we can stimulate a typically underprivileged economic cohort. The independent workers of the transient entrepreneurial community are traditionally not seen as the economic drivers for a major city, but that has been changing in our digital era. There is sympathy between the specialized flexibility of the transient population and the implementation of a highly performative yet flexible architectural system. WICK is a live network of intelligent mechanical and electrical systems embodied in a structural fabric, one that allows one to plug their laptop, enjoy diffused lighting, cooling and humidity control, and uninterrupted wifi coverage. It has the ability to collect user data over time, which can be used to further refine the technology with each iteration in a feedback loop. The longer WICK is in use, the more it can learn about its users and how it needs to adapt to best facilitate social collision.

The manner in which a mobile professional works and lives in a city served as an analogy for how this system operates within a building, on its own, or in a city. Our hope is that within this arid context of Las Vegas we can nurture a bit of social engineering through architecture.

 

© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Detail view of how WICK makes generous fenestrations in the enclosure while also providing a dynamic interior spatial experience, all with a single continuous surface.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Detail view of how WICK makes generous fenestrations in the enclosure while also providing a dynamic interior spatial experience, all with a single continuous surface.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   This project a myriad of design agendas, one of which was branding.    © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

This project a myriad of design agendas, one of which was branding. 


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Sectional diagram explaining how WICK performs.    © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Sectional diagram explaining how WICK performs. 


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Early volume studies exploring structural surface morphologies. 1’=100’ scale models.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Early volume studies exploring structural surface morphologies. 1’=100’ scale models.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Early volume studies exploring structural surface morphologies. 1’=100’ scale models.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Early volume studies exploring structural surface morphologies. 1’=100’ scale models.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Various studies exploring the behavioral repertoire of WICK. Taking the ceiling as a case study, we pursued the extents to which WICK could be standardized into a repetitive module as well as highly bespoke and one-off, for various applications and scales.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Various studies exploring the behavioral repertoire of WICK. Taking the ceiling as a case study, we pursued the extents to which WICK could be standardized into a repetitive module as well as highly bespoke and one-off, for various applications and scales.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Pultrusion technology allows us to fabricate an intelligent thread, one that embodies power, lighting, low-voltage wiring, and micro tubing for capillary water flow and radiant heating and cooling. Once the thread is fabricated, robot facilitated braiding and knitting weaves it into a surface that is pre-tensioned and cured into components that can be assembled as needed.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Pultrusion technology allows us to fabricate an intelligent thread, one that embodies power, lighting, low-voltage wiring, and micro tubing for capillary water flow and radiant heating and cooling. Once the thread is fabricated, robot facilitated braiding and knitting weaves it into a surface that is pre-tensioned and cured into components that can be assembled as needed.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Cross section of a proposed large scale building implementation of WICK. The proposed program would be a Freelancers Union Headquarters for Las Vegas that would include co-working amenities for its members in addition to public and social collision space.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Cross section of a proposed large scale building implementation of WICK. The proposed program would be a Freelancers Union Headquarters for Las Vegas that would include co-working amenities for its members in addition to public and social collision space.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Section details of the 220,000 square foot WICK Freelancers Union Headquarters building. Infrastructure is delivered throughout the building and provides specific amenities locally both in terms of technology and ergonomics.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Section details of the 220,000 square foot WICK Freelancers Union Headquarters building. Infrastructure is delivered throughout the building and provides specific amenities locally both in terms of technology and ergonomics.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Sectional diagram explaining how WICK performs.    © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Sectional diagram explaining how WICK performs. 


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   The economic model for the transient cohort of independent workers.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

The economic model for the transient cohort of independent workers.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Our project focused on five scales of operation, from a large building down to a single WICK.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Our project focused on five scales of operation, from a large building down to a single WICK.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   WICK implemented at a large building scale. 1”=32’ model.     © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

WICK implemented at a large building scale. 1”=32’ model.

 

© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   When incorporated into existing buildings, WICK offers a unique texture and atmosphere that functions as a social attractor.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

When incorporated into existing buildings, WICK offers a unique texture and atmosphere that functions as a social attractor.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   WICK warehouse installation, 24 hour workspace.  1”=8’ sectional model.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

WICK warehouse installation, 24 hour workspace.  1”=8’ sectional model.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   24 hour WICK cafe pavilion.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

24 hour WICK cafe pavilion.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Knit model stiffened by resin, demonstrating the performance of a rigid knit surface as structure, light diffuser, and room enclosure.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Knit model stiffened by resin, demonstrating the performance of a rigid knit surface as structure, light diffuser, and room enclosure.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Operating in downtown Las Vegas, we inserted WICK in various locations from Freemont Street to the Arts District. Each was an experiment for how WICK would adapt and take on different formal attributes and urban presence.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Operating in downtown Las Vegas, we inserted WICK in various locations from Freemont Street to the Arts District. Each was an experiment for how WICK would adapt and take on different formal attributes and urban presence.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   WICK intervention in an existing building allows for the introduction of furniture, service cores, stairs, workspace, MEP infrastructure, fenestration and ventilation, and natural-lighting control to name a few features. Section through both the warehouse intervention and standalone WICK cafe pavilion.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

WICK intervention in an existing building allows for the introduction of furniture, service cores, stairs, workspace, MEP infrastructure, fenestration and ventilation, and natural-lighting control to name a few features. Section through both the warehouse intervention and standalone WICK cafe pavilion.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV       © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

 


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   At the street level WICK Freelancers Union Headquarters provides a public plaza in the shade. The temperature different in Las Vegas between the sun and the shade is extreme. Outdoor public spaces are only tolerable for social activity if they provide shade and breeze.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

At the street level WICK Freelancers Union Headquarters provides a public plaza in the shade. The temperature different in Las Vegas between the sun and the shade is extreme. Outdoor public spaces are only tolerable for social activity if they provide shade and breeze.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   View of secondary entry leading to a shared yard with neighboring stand-alone WICK cafe.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

View of secondary entry leading to a shared yard with neighboring stand-alone WICK cafe.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   24 hour WICK cafe pavilion exterior treatments, which vary in depth and porosity to suit sun orientation and ergonomic use of the interior.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

24 hour WICK cafe pavilion exterior treatments, which vary in depth and porosity to suit sun orientation and ergonomic use of the interior.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Publicity* for the project demonstrates that it can travel anywhere, while its presence in Las Vegas ensures it is always associated with the independent working class that continues to migrate to the city.     *Featured covers are speculative, an exercise we did in building the narrative of WICK.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Publicity* for the project demonstrates that it can travel anywhere, while its presence in Las Vegas ensures it is always associated with the independent working class that continues to migrate to the city.

 

*Featured covers are speculative, an exercise we did in building the narrative of WICK.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Views of the cafe interior, 1”=8’ scale model.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Views of the cafe interior, 1”=8’ scale model.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Views of the cafe interior, 1”=8’ scale model.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Views of the cafe interior, 1”=8’ scale model.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   View of 24 hour WICK cafe pavilion exterior treatments, which vary in depth and porosity to suit sun orientation and ergonomic use of the interior.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

View of 24 hour WICK cafe pavilion exterior treatments, which vary in depth and porosity to suit sun orientation and ergonomic use of the interior.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Interior view of WICK warehouse installation, showing the contracts between old and new.  1”=8’ scale model.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Interior view of WICK warehouse installation, showing the contracts between old and new.  1”=8’ scale model.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

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  W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV   Knit studies.   © Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016

W.I.C.K.  [Wired Integrated Composite Knit], Las Vegas NV

Knit studies.


© Jacqueline Ho and Sarah Gill 2013-2016