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A kind of hippie Manhattan Project in rural Oregon tackles climate change, air pollution, and deforestation by bringing together the best minds in the field to invent cheap, durable, clean-burning stoves for 3 billion people. By Burkhard Bilger.
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Making Pop-Up Books 2015
Instructor: Sam Ida
si23@nyu.edu

Course description 
This two-point workshop covers the basics of paper engineering history, theory, and practice. Focus will be placed on the ability make and understand movable designs, and principles that can be incorporated into your work.
This course will meet for the first seven weeks of the semester.
Grading is based on successful completion of all weekly assignments, class participation and attendance.
Students should bring to each class the following: card stock (~150gsm), scissors, x-acto knife, ruler, bone folder or burnisher, artist’s tape, permanent double stick tape, cutting mat.
Recommended Text: The Elements of Pop-Up, David Carter & James Diaz
For extra help, I will be available after class, and will schedule office hour according to requests.

Work
Each week, you will be expected to complete challenges of increasing difficulty and complexity, designed to practice and explore techniques covered in class.
I will arbitrarily divide students into 5 groups. Each member of each group must acquire a commercially available pop-up book to present and analyze in class (2-6). No students may present the same book. It is up to students to coordinate within and between groups to prevent this from happening. Bonus points for bringing in a book I haven’t seen.

Conduct
Unexcused absences on project due dates will constitute a failure of that assignment. If you have an excused absence, you will have to arrange for an out-of-class appointment to review your work. If you are part of a team, your work will be critiqued on the assignment due date by the member who is present.
In exceptional cases, at the discretion of the professor, a student may be excused from class.  Leave will be considered 1 week (or more) before the class in question but not after that time.  This does not apply to sudden illness, a death in the family, or other last-minute exigencies.  Situations, which merit consideration for leave from a class, include:
-Unique and compelling professional opportunities relevant to your studies
-Important family events (weddings, funerals, and the like)
-Incapacitating or contagious illness  (NB: A student must call or e-mail the professor BEFORE the class time if he or she cannot attend as a result of serious illness.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence.)
-Religious holidays
CLASS IS SHORT, SO COME ON TIME.
Lateness (more than 5 minutes) or early departure from class translates into one half absence.
An unexcused absence counts as one full grade demotion (i.e. A to A-)
Two unexcused absences will result in an academic warning.
Four absences are grounds for failure.
Assessment
Class Participation: 40%
Weekly Assignments: 30%
Final Project: 30%
Before the first class
Read this article:
http://www.broward.org/library/bienes/lii13903.htm
Find a decent pair of scissors to bring to the first class

Class meetings

NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS IS CURRENTLY IN DRAFT FORM AND SUBJECT TO REVISION

Week 1 “The Basics”
Class introductions
Overview of Course
Discussion/Demonstration: Paper and Tools
Discussion/Demonstration:
Layers
V-Folds
Boxes
Box supports
Efficiency, Power, Support
In class: Paper House Challenge
Assignment: Bugs

Week 2 “Secondary Mechanics and Action”
Group 1 book presentations
Discussion/Demonstration:
Composition
Compound Mechanisms
Spinners
Rotors
Risers
In Class: 
Assignment: Architecture challenge

Week 3 “Pull Tabs, Slide Tongues & Non-Guttural Power”
Group 2 book presentations
Review / Critique of Assignment
Discussion/Demonstration
Basic Dissolves
Compound Pull Tabs
Trap Doors
Paper Memory
Pivot Rotation
Assignment: Narrative film in groups
Exercises: layers only construction

Week 4 “Introduction to Origami”
Group 3 book presentations
Introduction to origami theory / history
Group folding of several models
How can origami technologies be applied to your pop-up work?
Assignment:
Movie Challenge

Week 5 “Preparing for Final”
Group 4 book presentations
Review / Critique of Assignment
Pitch, Defend, Discuss ideas for final projects
Assignment:
Begin planning your final project. Post storyboard, sketches, and preliminary construction. Be prepared to present in class.


Week 6 “Make it Work”
Group 5 book presentations
Object Building Challenge
Discussion/Demonstration
Producing a Pop-Up Book
Discussion: Final Project Ideas
Progress Report
Continue work on Final Project
Troubleshooting, Analysis

Week 7 “Showtime”
Group 6 book presentations
Final Project Presentations
Post-Class wrap up
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Hi Class,

We only have 2 sessions left, so I am cancelling the 2nd part of the architecture assignment, hoping that you understand tabbing and construction.

Instead, your assignment is to rough out your final project. We will discuss progress and troubleshoot in class, next week. Finals will be due the following.

Also, bring in a small object. Depending on how things go, we may devote or next class, entirely to working on the final.
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Here's an index of what we've covered the first 2 weeks.
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Peter Dahmen also engineered the piece used for the Ted talk I posted previously. He does everything but books, and quite well. I don't know him, personally.
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