suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School: “Fallen Star” is an installation set between biomimetics, interaction, and perception. It is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School, which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park during 23 July–05 August 2012. AA DLAB 2012, “Green,” explored the concepts of regeneration, emergence, and growth through their broad existence in natural and biological structures of differing scales, followed by their abstraction and interpretation into elaborated design proposals. The computational toolset of the workshop has been Processing, Grasshopper, and iPad or iPhone.
During the first phase of the workshop at AA London, each student team developed a design proposal by exploring the formation rules found in nature in order to devise an architectural installation. In the second phase, completed in AA Hooke Park, a full scale installation has been fabricated and assembled. The student teams have incorporated their design proposals into the fabricated installation through the medium of video mapping. During this process, each team has broken down their digital natural growth algorithms into specific parameters which can be manipulated with an iPad interface. In this respect, the teams have also designed their own iPad interfaces which enable a direct interaction between the user and the installation. The installation reacts to the user’s input on sound, choice of algorithm to run, and the manipulation of the algorithm itself by changing its parameters from the interface.
Overall, we believe what makes this installation exciting is the dimension of interaction which animates the architectural piece simply according to user feedback and the potential of creating dynamic spatial experiences challenging perception and temporality.
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Programme Director: Elif Erdine
Tutors: Elif Erdine, Alexandros Kallegias, Daghan Cam
Students: Tarik Alboustani, Maria Brewster, Lyzette Zeno Cortes, Hugo Garcia, Hannah Hobbs, Sylvia Leon, Andrew Liu, Alessio Lombardi, Cristina Nan, William Nemitoff, Antonio Rovira, and Eric Williams.