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  • Cellular Automata: Evaluating The Edge Of Chaos

    ARANCHII, BART, JIANG, & SANTOS, "Cellular Automata: Evaluating the Edge of Chaos."
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    Architectural Association, Design Research Lab (AADRL)
    critic: Theodore SPYROPOULOS.
    tutor: Mostafa EL SAYED.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Dmytro ARANCHII, Paul BART, Yuqiu JIANG, & Flavia SANTOS: “Cellular Automata: Evaluating the Edge of Chaos,” designed within the Architectural Association (AADRL), was aimed to go deeply into cellular automata theory and practice and to define the strategies of control the self-organizing system and to find the directions of usage in architectural design.

    Implementation of the algorithm for space tessellated into truncated octahedrons instead of usual cubic voxels also became a contribution into cellular automata research.

    The aim of the study was to develop an algorithm that analyzes the system and cellular automata based on the statistical data decides how to change the input parameters (rules of growth or initial generation) and modifies the geometric structure of the system given the strategies that are necessary for the achievement of design (frame search, combining in clusters, and so on). Much of the workshop was dedicated to testing of various input conditions and rules’ generation. The second phase consisted of obtaining numerical data from the complex system. Third was the interpretation and searching the path of application of numbers obtained. And fourth, a change of the morphology of generative field and the manufacture of a physical model of the variations’ catalogue and graphical explanation of the search tree of desired result.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    DA, PB, YJ, & FS: John Von Neuman, John Conway, and Stephen Wolfram.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    DA, PB, YJ, & FS: Reading: Stephen Wolfram, New Kind of Science; Benoit Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    DA, PB, YJ, & FS: Hod Lipson and Theodore Spyropoulos.

    Additional credits and links:
    Text from [aranchii.com].

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