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THE NEW REALM ALGORITHMS - Logic In recent years, myriad computational technologies and theories has been applied to work with creative ideas to open a new chapter in the design field. Through explorations, they further branch into many unprecedented realms that produced innovative design solutions. As one of the most dominant innovation, ALGORITHMS have been able to transcend their role as frameworks of formalization and abstraction. This has been made possible in a large part by the integration of scripting languages into CAD programs. Algorithms’ output can now be directly visualized, and through digital fabrication methods this output can be built.

Yet beyond this, a computational approach to architecture enables the generation of the previously unseen. Forms that can longer be conceived of through traditional methods become possible. New realms open up. ————Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer’s project L-Systems examined the underlying logic, mathematics and chemistry of natural forms and how they merge with the computational technology to become a design tool. Within the project, a string-rewriting algorithm proposed by biologist Aristid Lindenmayer was applied to the design and modelling stages. The algorithm can model simplified plants and their growth processes with an astounding ease. Therefore, logic (like a story telling) and this morphogenetic formation seems to play a big role in communicating within its design components and with the readers.

By mapping and diagramming, the first part of the project is to visualize the algorithmic code and match up the design to logic. And the second part is to expand the L-systems into the parametric system so that it can respond to wider range of architectural design requirements. Referring to the Reading, its self-organisational and multiple performance capacity is communicating the exact future architectural thinking Architecture as a possible Autopoietic System

Beside conveying the new language that archictecture can speak, some other Michael’s projects are also delivering very innovative messages such as the Ornamented Columns, using doric and other classic orders as input to create evolutionary digital columns through algorithms. By adding new meanings, it turns out to be a good communication about its values.


Seoul Performing Arts Center Proposal Korea

Driftwood Pavilion Project London

Morphogenesis - Society PARAMETRIZATION - Language Seoul Performing Arts Center by DMP architects was designed to be a emerging icon which it was also able to achieve social, cultural and ecological value through its Morphogenetic design.

In the era of massive infomation flow, Parametrization is a powerful tool while working with complexity, such as free form geometries. Then architecture becomes a network of multidependent data, a system of static and dynamic parameters. Driftwood Pavilion is such a project that used parametric technology to create a piece of architectural language to make connection with the audiences, to communicate. Through a computergenerated script which manipulated the movement of lines in a continuous parallel fashion, creating line drawings which formed the basis of a plan. Designer’s interests revolved around carving, eroding and layering. Containing such information, some can can feel sentimental connections to its conceptual links to driftwood and the sea; others praised its deeply sculpted form.

Located on a forgotten and isolated island at the center of the city, the Center’s undulating form enables interaction and integration with the surrounding landscape which once again connects the social and cultural fabric on both sides of the River. When a visitor crosses onto the island, the wetland around the Center then serves as a transition from daily urban life to the ceremonial experience of performance.

Also, thinking about another thing that was made possible or easier by Parametrization, its language also spell things for fabrication. Referring to Architecture and Visual Culture, communication are needed not only for stakeholders but also for the builders. And through the exploration of innovation on construction, robots are designed to take script of the design and then produce the structure. Such advanced technology used is also to communicate the idea of a digital future.

As it is a iconic building proposal, one wants to see an image built on the island that represents our identity, describes humanity, reflects better life styles of everyone. The geometry of the roof is a moment of flapping of a bird’s wings, a soaring hope, it represents the city and its future. In our coming Gateway design, the idea of transition, being an icon and creating social values will be something that i can take inspiration from.

In terms of materials, Seoul Performing Arts Center has a Eco-Driven Roof which make the building sustainable and eco-friendly. While focusing on the structure and design, using green and materials that have a promising future is also a way to communicate the idea of innovation.



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