suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Without mathematics we cannot penetrate deeply into philosophy. Without philosophy we cannot penetrate deeply into mathematics. Without both we cannot penetrate deeply into anything. — Leibniz
Loop_3 is a project conceived and realized by Loop_3 design team, a group of students form Architectural Design 3 course at the Faculty of Engineering, Università di Bologna, for an installation on invitation by the 1st Architectural Biennale of Thessaloniki, “Architecture and the City in South-Eastern Europe” (18.01-26.02 2012).
Mathematics provides an underlying layer for the description of reality’s inner complexity in terms of computation as well as the tools to enhance and intensify research and expression, elegantly and seamlessly linking science, art, economy, philosophy and other disciplines, merging them into force fields of a unified yet topographically differentiated territory. Architects relentlessly explore this territory ever since, using mathematics as a privileged tool for tracing systematic paths as well as enhancing their expressive language.
The installation is a self-standing object that uses mathematical trigonometric functions (explored through parametric design software) as a mean of aesthetic device, exploring a use of rationality in complex shapes that merges user spatial interaction, curvature as a structural and expressive strategy (the voluptuous ripples also strengthen the overall shape) and form as a sorting device to deploy functions (carrying 3D models, showing pictures from various projects as well as a pad to interactively explore design strategies).
Shapes are diagrams of forces. — D’Arcy Thompson
Shape determines functions, and the energetics of functions dictates the optimal structure required — from “The language of shape: The role of curvature in condensed matter,” Hyde and Larsson, 1997
Loop_3 explores the rationality of complex shapes joining spatial interaction, curvature as structural and expressive strategy (the voluptuous ripples give help the overall stability) and shape as sorting system for the deployment of functions (flat parts are intended for 3D prototypes while pictures occupy the most vertical surface parts to facilitate reading).
All installation components are derived from planar elements and collaborate mutually to structural stability, morphological organization and function deployment, creating systemic relations among the various parts differently from traditional structure-skin-ornament linear dependency (the tensioned lycra skin concurs to structural stability while the plywood core morphology comes first from the curvilinear trajectories and then optimizes material use).
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
Loop_3: Alessio Erioli, Benjamin Ennemoser, Philippe Grotenrath, math, physics.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
Loop_3: Reading On Growth and Form by D’arcy Thompson; The language of shape by S. Hyde.
Listening to John Mayer, Jamiroquai, Ryoji Ikeda, James Blake, Charlotte Gainsburg, Korallerven, Buscemi, Apparat, Youth Lagoon, and Radiohead.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
Loop_3: Co-de-iT, SPAN, AA DRL & EMTECH, EcoLogic Studio, Disguincio&Co, LAN.
Additional credits and links:
Coordinator/Supervisor: alessio ERIOLI (Co-de-iT)
Loop_3 design team: corrado GIACOBAZZI, federico LA PICCIRELLA, alessandro LIUTI, mattia MERCATALI, roberto MONESI, simone RINALDI, gianluca TABELLINI, livio TALOZZI, michele TOMMASOLI, giulia TORTORELLA
Project location: Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece (Jan/Feb 2012); Faculty of Engineering, Bologna, Italy (May 2012).
Many thanks to Benjamin Ennemoser and Philippe Grotenrath for precious advice during the project’s development.
Many thanks also to Matteo Cominetti for additional help, logistics and photo coverage of the assembly (and the awesome timelapse video)
This project was entirely financed by prof. Alessio Erioli and became possible thanks to the awesome, dedicated, passionate work by the students involved in the design team.
The project is © Loop_3 design team + Alessio Erioli – all other material (pictures, videos) is © of the respective authors. All rights reserved. Full or partial reproduction of the project material is forbidden without specific permission from respective authors.
[time lapse video of Thessaloniki installation]
[VR photos of Thessaloniki installation 01]
[VR photos of Thessaloniki installation 02]
[Thessaloniki 2012 Architecture Biennale]