秋叶: As Autumn Leaves (AAL) is a spatial installation designed by students of LCD:Laboratory for Computational Design for Beijing Design Week 2013. Located in a historic hutong district in Beijing, AAL highlights the existing entrance to Dashilar Factory where emerging creatives exhibit their design.
As temperatures change, Autumn turns to Winter, and trees shed their leaves, AAL recalls the passage of time through changing seasons.
Students began by studying geometric growth patterns and geometries related to natural logics and materials. Tutors encouraged students to investigate variation and adaptability within their systems. AAL used parametric design tools that not only define systemic and formal languages but catalogue and locate components for ease of assembly. Individual components were digitally fabricated using laser cut acrylic and pre-assembled into “families,” then aggregated on site. Tensioning of the acrylic ‘Leaves’ through bending, inherent to the material, solidified structural integrity. Designers used physics based modeling programs to generate and evaluate wind and gravitational forces in their installations. By hybridizing material and spatial research with advanced structural calculations, 秋叶: As Autumn Leaves float above, around, and through existing spaces.
LCD Co-founder and tutor Daniel Gillen emphasizes, “at LCD we understand the complexity and the publics curiosities in computational design. With this in mind, we attempt to create work that utilize these methodologies, while rooting design in the emotive and ephemeral. By evoking memories and emotions, the experience is far more important than the image.”
Although assembled by LCD tutors and students in a minimal 6 hours, dismantling and responsible re-use took top priority, distributing “Leaves” to students and professionals for re-appropriation and future projects.
Founded in 2012 “LCD:Laboratory for Computational Design” bridges the educational gap between 10 day workshops and year long university studies. LCD is structured as four month design studios exploiting a nonlinear education path with generative design methods. In under two years LCD has become the primary computational design school in Mainland China.
To learn more about 秋叶:As Autumn Leaves, alternate designs, or to contribute to upcoming projects please visit www.LCDBeijing.com
Additional credits and links:
University: LCD:Laboratory for Computational Design
Tutors: Xu Feng, Daniel Gillen, Nikolas Wabnitz, Raymond Lau, Tong Xiaowei, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yanchuan, & Federico Ruberto.
Students: Wang Siming, Yuan Hang, Lu Yiting, Ding Wenzhe, Liu Yuxuan, Zhang Long, Hao Jiaqi, & Wang Lichun.
Sponsor: Beijing Benz Model Workshop