Cylinders, spheres and cubes are a small handful of shapes that can be defined by a single word. However, most shapes cannot be found in a dictionary. They belong to an alternative plastic world defined by trigonometry: a mathematical world where all shapes can be described under one systematic language and where any shape can transform into another.
Joseph Choma—founder of the Design Topology Lab, an interdisciplinary design research practice—delivers the lecture “Designing as Understanding,” Friday, 11/07 at Georgia Tech College of Architecture.
lecture: Joseph CHOMA (Design Topology Lab), “Designing an Understanding.”
12.00–1.00 p.m. / West Architecture, Room 258
Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
247 4th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Architect and designer Joseph Choma of Design Topology Lab, a research platform dedicated to the ontology of space defined by mathematics, is the recipient of the 2013 Emerging Voices citation from the AIA Atlanta. As part of the award, Joseph has created a solo-exhibition at the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, “Object to Atmosphere,” containing a body of work which lies at the intersection of perception and computation. Perceptually, the work investigates ideas of boundaries, thickness, texture, optical illusion and the transformation of an object state to that of an atmosphere.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
joseph CHOMA, Design Topology Lab: In linguistics, a boundary is anything that defines a limit. Numerically, it may be straightforward to determine a boundary, however, perceptually it is often more ambiguous and subjective. This installation challenges fixed preconceptions of what it means to draw and experience a drawing. The drawing itself is computationally generated using a thickening trigonometric transformation. As the sphere thickens over a series of recursions its geometry begins to mediate between multiple envelopes. The sphere no longer has one boundary but rather has multiple boundaries.