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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Agent Construction Cluster - Smart Geometry 2011, Copenhagen...


An additional submission of a workshop cluster from the recently concluded Smart Geometry event(s) in Copenhagen, this time of the Agent Construction cluster, run by Petra Jenning, David Andreen and Rupert Soar (my PhD advisor)... Brilliant stuff, that kept one one ones toes as the 'bottom-up', quasi-random, construction evolved and advanced...

An outline of the cluster brief is included below:

The cluster will be exploring a thoroughly bottom-up approach to construction, by placing ourselves as agents in an emergent system. The goal of the cluster is to demonstrate how ‘invisible’ processes (in this case air and energy flows) generated by the emerging structure can be visualised during the construction process and used to direct the ongoing fabrication process in real time.

Rather than pre-designing a blueprint, the cluster members will be agreeing on rules which will guide the assembly of a physical structure which will mimic some physical and formal characteristics of termite mounds. The role of the computer will be to analyse the emerging structure and simulate alternative rules which can then be applied to the ongoing construction process in order to effect - evolve - the outcome. During development extensive documentation of the rules which guided the construction, how these evolved based on performance feedback and simulations, and the corresponding physical emergence of the structure over time will be recorded and fed back.

Freeform Construction is a multi-disciplinary organisation exploring rapid manufacturing on an architectural scale and its implications for the industry. With an interest in adaptive structures and process integration and with extensive knowledge and expertise of rapid manufacturing, biological processes and innovative construction, they have attracted international media coverage and are collaborating with leading architects. Rupert, Petra and David are among the co-founders of Freeform Construction and together they teach in a diploma studio in architecture at Greenwich University in London which explores digital manufacturing and collaborative workflows.



Above & below: Close-ups of the cardboard 'crystals' as they are gradually assembled, initially from bottom-up, but also at later stages (literally) from top-down...


Occasionally the crystals entwined with various artifacts found it the collectives vicinity...


The Leica device used in the placement of the crystals...

Above & below: A few images from the process of assembly...





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