suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
alicia ALONSO, jared DIGANCI, & farzin LOTFI-JAM: Inspired by the Bi-directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization (BESO) algorithm developed by the Innovative Structures Group at RMIT University, this project explores a novel or not-quite-right approach to optimization. A series of forces is distributed through a virtual domain and the negotiation of these forces have been relentlessly interrogated for architectural opportunity. This has resulted in a rich palette of spatial conditions, formal languages and surface articulations.
The project progresses from field to line, from line to volume and from a pure volume to a manipulated form with an articulated skin. At each stage the original “optimal” solution is queried, and the resultant stress loads informs the gradations of color, the smoothness or crunchiness of the form and the detailing of the skin. These are not quite one-to-one relationships, they are a crafted amalgam, designed to entice your haptic sensibilities.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
aA, jD, & fL-J: Ezio Blasetti, in a good way.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aA, jD, & fL-J: Reading: Venturi, Kafka, Murakami, DBC Pierre; Listening: Nicolas Jaar, Nosaj Thing, Amon Tobin, Zomby, S4lem, Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX, and some late night ABBA; Watching: Australian Football League finals at 5AM, Breaking Bad, EL BULLI – Cooking in Progress.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
aA, jD, & fL-J: Contemporary: The Usual Suspects In Digital, Jason Hopkins, also we’re enjoying the current work coming out of the Bartlett; Historic: Francis Bacon, Saarinen, Nervi, Louise Bourgeois, Boullee.
Additional credits and links:
There is a simple animation of the project located here. This was the last item to be produced; we apologize for the slow pans.