Looking at spatial configurations of existing plans, I found layouts interesting that had more unconventional circulation patterns. In particular the spaces that were formed through the resulting overlaps or intersections.
I began by looking at the spaces created when horizontal and vertical walls were randomly arranged in a uniform grid. Developing this further I introduced a wider variety of rotations and intersections to see how this would impact the spaces in-between.
In an attempt to escape the rectangular boundary I experimented with sequences of squares and circles in different sized grids, creating spaces from the overlapping boundaries. By merging these varying scaled shapes as if they were layered, I was able to begin to create a more hierarchical spatial pattern.
Additionally, I began looking at how one of these patterns could be placed on a site, and will explore further how aspects of the site could be implemented as parameters for my future code.
Just another example of modular thinking. It is a physical interpretation of the marching cubes algorithm, which we will use later in the course, by Jesse Colin Jackson. Here is the link to the website, and another one to an article in the Creative Applications blog.
For anyone interested in L-systems, here are a couple of nice examples by Fatih Erikli and Diana Lange:
An interesting book on the subject, “The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants” by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz and Aristid Lindenmayer, is also available online:
The Beautiful Math of Coral, Margaret Wertheim
Why Beauty Matters, Roger Scruton
Building Unimaginable Shapes, Michael Hansmeyer
Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture
12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature: Janine Benyus
Lars Spuybroek, The Sympathy of Things, University of Innsbruck 2012
Prof. Erik Demaine teaches Geometric Folding Algorithims: Linkages, Oirgami, Polyhedra at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His courses are fully documented here: