critics: Julia KOERNER & Guvenc OZEL.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Xueqi BAI, CHEN Danfeng, Joseph SARAFIAN, Matt WHITHAM, Hun-Tao YU, & Xianshuang ZENG: Exploring the relationship between the component, the object, and the aggregation, this series of transformations begins with a cuboctahedron and subdivides it internally and externally. The interior geometry is severed into four pieces that can be assembled in various configurations while the exterior is transformed with a series of recursive subdivisions.
A cuboctahedron is comprised of six squares and eight triangles, thus to aggregate each piece, two types of connection were implemented. The triangle faces each have a soft connection, while the square faces feature a rigid connection. This distinction is derived from our interest with both organic forms in nature and the precision and machined quality of rapid prototyping tools. Depending on which connection is used, a variable outcome is produced. Final prototype is hybrid of CNC routed foam and 3-D printed accent elements.*
*Inverted Geode will be on display at UCLA’s Perloff Hall from October 3rd to December 19th, 2014.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
XB, CD, JS, MW, H-TY, & XZ: Michael Hansmeyer, Ernst Haeckel drawings, and the Death Star.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
XB, CD, JS, MW, H-TY, & XZ: Reading: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia; Manuel Castells, The Informational City; Stan Allen, Points + Lines; Christopher Alexander, Notes on the Synthesis of Form; Greg Lynn, “Blobs, or Why Tectonics is Square and Topology is Groovy,” ANY 14 (1996); D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, On Growth and Form; Michael Hensel, Achim Menges, and Michael Weinstock, eds., EMERGENCE: Morphogenetic Design Strategies; Michael Speaks, “Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture”; Patrik Schumacher, “Parametricism: A New Global Style for Architecture and Urban Design,” AD 79, no. 4 (July/August 2009); Isaac Asimov, I, Robot; Alan Turing, “Intelligent Machinery” (1948); and Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
XB, CD, JS, MW, H-TY, & XZ: Greg Lynn; Michael Hansmeyer; Julia Koerner; Alvin Huang (Synthesis Design + Architecture); Behnaz Farahi; Luis Quinones (Complicit Matter); Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project); Biayna Bogosian; and Jason King (Somewhere Something).
Special thanks to Ebrahim Poustinchi and Peter Vikar.