Precedent: Michael Hansmeyer

I was shown this TED Talk as a precedent for my project, as the work discussed involves the same process of creating architectural shapes through computer software using mathematical formulas and algorithms – in this case folding surfaces rather than fractals. Michael Hansmeyer’s work also deals with the same issues that I find myself facing in my project: how to physically translate the digital creations.

One thing I found particularly interesting was the way in which they chose to create the columns, which are extremely complex in shape. Rather than use 3D printing, they instead laser cut 1mm thick slices to create the same effect.

Another thought-provoking point discussed in the talk was that of being able to ‘breed’ architecture – through the nature of the work process they could combine different forms to create new ‘generations’ of columns, building up a population of sorts.


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