Cellular Complexity is an installation which exhibits the potential of cellular geometries at a spatial architectural scale. Cellular systems exist within the organization of biological systems in a multitude of scales from the nano to the micro and macro; they embody performative properties structurally, thermally and acoustically. . . .
About 2×8 exhibition
2×8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each participating academic program selects two student projects that exemplify its core vision. A noteworthy panel of architects and designers will judge the projects, announce the winners at the exhibition opening, and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning work.“A competition to design the exhibit for 2×8: EVOLVE was held earlier this year and the AIA|LA Academic Outreach Committee selected ‘Cellular Complexity,’ a project by UCLA lecturer Julia Körner, Marie Boltenstern and Kais Al-Rawi, as the winning entry.” –AIAILA, May 2013
About the exhibition design, “Cellular Complexity”
This year’s winning scheme . . . presents a parametric pavilion of twisting planes that transitions in porosity from one end to the other. — The Architects Newspaper, June 2013
Cellular Complexity is an installation which exhibits the potential of cellular geometries at a spatial architectural scale. Cellular systems exist within the organization of biological systems in a multitude of scales from the nano to the micro and macro; they embody performative properties structurally, thermally and acoustically. This installation rethinks the scale at which these systems organically exist, towards an architectural scale which can be reorganized to a diverse range of applications and performative parameters. The installation capitalizes on the potential of computational algorithmic design methods and the ability to generate complex geometries which address specific contextual parameters.
The design developed for the EVOLVE exhibition is inspired by these cellular systems. They offer the potential of efficient gradient differentiation through porosity, within a unified space-packing geometrical system. The exhibit design consists of 264 cells varying in size, porosity and twist; they are algorithmically generated and are organized along two opposing surfaces which transition in orientation through a smooth twist.
The twisted surface geometries redefine the traditional relationship of horizontal ground planes towards vertical wall planes by creating a transition that blends both planes within a three dimensional system. The transitional dynamic of the design creates enticing intermediary spaces, both between and along the two opposing surfaces. The developed system inherits design adaptability towards various spatial arrangements and constraints through the generative algorithmic design process. The exhibit is entirely composed of standardized sheet materials which themselves hold a cellular structure (Expanded PVC) and were fabricated utilizing digital CNC fabrication technologies. The assembly starts from entirely flat-packed parts, and requires no mechanical fasteners or adhesives and is easily reversible and transportable.
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Evolve Student Scholarship Jurors
Sam Lubell – Architect’s Newspaper
Patrick Tighe, FAIA – Tighe Architecture
Doug Teiger, AIA – Abramson Teiger Architects
©AIAILA – Ryan Gobuty
Architecture & Design Museum Los Angeles:
Exhibition Duration: 11th April – 11th May, 2014
SABIC Polymershapes LLC
Callison, KGM Architectural Lighting, Montalba Architects
Friends of 2×8
Chu + Gooding Architects, Daltile / American Olean, DSH // architecture, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &Planners
Special thanks to A+D Museum
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
CAL POLY POMONA
CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO
CAL STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WOODBURY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Thomas Acosta / Sevana Alexander / Jason An / Jeremy Artates / Wana Bagosian / Molly Bell / Eduardo Bellosta / Brittany Boyd / Sean Chen / Chung Ming Chiu / Logan Dumont / Clara Dykstra / Taylor Fulton / Ho Man Yeung / Johann Hoeflich / Molly Minot Hubley / Jonathan Kim / Shawn Komlos / Sunny Lam / Trevor Larsen / Calvin Lee / Jillian Maddox / Sharis Manoukian / Luis Martinez / Ryan McGriff / Maryam Mofid / Nan Yen Chen / Ben Pennell / David Pullido / Eddie Ramirez / Luke Ravanelle / Kevin Reinhardt / Zahra Safaverdi / Juan Salazar / Max Sanchez / Noam Saragosti / Michael Sotona / David Stamatis / Arvin Tanu / Myint Tun / Tatiana Ukhvatkina / Hao Wu / Abel Zatarain Jr. / Lianzi Zhu
2×8 EVOLVE extends their gratitude to the support and presenting sponsorship of SABIC’s Polymershapes for providing advanced cutting-services for the exhibition. SABIC’s Polymershapes is the world’s largest distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, and associated products, with 70+ years of industry-leading heri-tage. Polymershapes is the industry’s largest branch network: 7 regions, 4 countries, and growing. Polymershapes offers local cut-to-size, fabrication and film conversion capabilities throughout it’s 75+ branch network, and offers local cut-to-size, fabrication and film conversion capabilities throughout the network. SABIC has the most knowledgeable sales + customer service team in the industry. They are committed to flawless execution and value creation for customers and suppliers.
2×8 EVOLVE uses one kind of innovative material for the fabrication of the entire installation. The material is Expanded PVC Sheets; sourced by SABIC’s Polymershapes. These sheets have a number of distinctive properties starting from their bright white color to: Low-Weight, Weather-Resistance, Easy-Workability, Low Thermal Conductivity, Vibration- and sound-absorbent, Closed-Cell surface, Fine-celled foam structure, Chemical-resistant, Non-Corroding, and finally Low Flammability.
About the exhibition design Team
Julia Koerner, Marie Boltenstern, Kais Al-Rawi
Cellular Complexity is a design-research collaboration between Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner and Marie Boltenstern established in 2012 at the Architectural Association London. The Research investigates complex cellular systems and their potential for architectural applications that utilize efficient space-packing geometries with a special focus on emergent technologies in Architecture and Design.
The Research was acknowledged with several awards:
2014 – upcoming exhibition S,M,L,XLA at A+D Museum LA
2013 – Winner AIAILA – 2×8 annual exhibition design – A+D Museum LA
2013 – Finalist TEX FAB SKIN Competition – exhibited at Acadia Conference
2012 – 2nd prize Suckerpunch Competition
2012 – Architectural Association – thesis commendation
Julia Koerner is lecturer at UCLA’s SUPRASTUDIO, led by Greg Lynn. Born in Salzburg, Austria, she holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Further, a Master of Science from the Architectural Association, London. Julia worked with international offices in both New York and London, including Gage and Clemenceau Architects and Ross Lovegrove Studio. Her most recent collaborations for Additively Manufactured fashion pieces involved Haute Couture fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, and 3D printing company Materialise. She won several awards including the MAK Schindler Architect in Residence scholarship in Los Angeles 2010.
Kais Al-Rawi is a registered architect (JEA). Born in Amman, Jordan. He holds a Masters Degree in Emer-gent Technologies & Design from the Architectural Association in London, and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California and has recently joined Walter P Moore & Associates’ Envelope Design Practice. Prior to that he has been working with award-winning practices including Synthesis Design + Architecture. Kais specializes in generative design methodologies involving computation, investigating the potential they hold within Architecture and Urbanism. He also directs and teaches at the Architectural Association’s Visiting School Programme in Jordan.
Marie Boltenstern is currently based in Berlin, finishing her second Masters degree at Berlin University of Technology. The past year she was working with Bollinger & Grohmann Engineering in Paris, within the 3D development department. Born in Vienna, Austria, she received her Bachelor in Architecture from University of Technology in Vienna and her Master in Emergent Technologies and Design from Architectural Association in London. Marie is specialized in parametric design processes and is particularly interested in the convergence of architecture and structural engineering through complex structures.