ferda KOLATAN+erich SCHOENENBERGER, partners
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
ferda KOLATAN: Pluripotent Structures describe a series of experimental investigations we have been conducting into more adaptive and variable design systems, which take advantage of multi-scalar and parametric techniques to generate formal organizations that challenge conventional architectural categorizations such as structure, volume and surface.
PS_Canopy operates on two distinct and growth based principles. The first one determines overall size, distribution, and density of the individual cellular components. The second one focuses on the internal transformation of these components into different performative parts. The canopy consists of three main parts, which in a morphological reference to flowers are called stem, petal, and leaf. Growth pattern, scale, and internal relationships are open ended and can be adjusted without altering the core constituents.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
fK: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sean B. Carroll
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
fK: 19th Century Flower Engravings
Design Team: Richard Baxley, Hart Marlow