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    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Thomas BAGNOLI: The status, including the size and form of a portion of the living matter is the result of various forces that represent or symbolize the manifestations of various forms of energy.

    When we encounter a simple geometrical construction, for example in the honeycomb of bees, shells, or nautilus, or radiolarian, we see them as an operation of physical forces and mathematical laws and not as a concept of “final cause” causality.

    To be linked with the mathematical definitions and the physical laws some of the simplest organic accretion external phenomena, structure, and form, taking as hypothesis that the organism is a complex mechanical assembly and material.

    The shape of each portion of the subject, and the changes in shape that appear in its motions and in its growth, can always be described as the effect of the action of a force, so this is my starting point: “The terms of growth and form should be understood in relation to the study of organisms”; “The form of an object is a diagram of forces”.

    The dynamic concept of architecture, however, assumes that in any form there are inflections that direct motion and provoke and influence the forces moving through, over, under and around surfaces, so: “The form is the site for the calculation of multiple forces”
    (Greg Lynn).

    Cocoon and Flora is the first part of a spatial investigation through the application of recursive geometries, for the search of new morphologies, bringing new and useful results comparable to the digital design.

    The forthcoming process of decay of organisms in these cases can be explained through processes of similarity and growth governed by mathematical laws, which, as in nature, arising multiple tissues emerging organic and full of density: fractals as well as cocoons or flowers.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    TB: H. R. Giger, Greg Lynn, Xefirotarch.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    TB: I was reading On Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Biomechanics and Gigers Alien by H. R. Giger, and Animate Form by Greg Lynn; listening to Wasehd Out, Baths, Toro Y Moi; and watching the sci-fi movies Blade Runner, and Alien.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    TB: Niccolò Casas, Zaha Hadid Architects, Monad Studio , Co de iT.

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    • Alex Says:

      This is absurd. Someone opens up some fractal software, changes a few settings, renders it poorly and somehow earns a punch. Greg Lynn’s work and writing has nothing to do with fractals. He’s building a sailboat for fuck’s sake. If you were in Neri Oxman’s camp I would say fine, carry on, but don’t write a bunch of bullshit in attempt to justify the beauty and mystery of 3D-julia sets unless you’re a PhD in applied mathematics.