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A mix of 3D printing and laser cutting, we’ve set up a system of ribs (laser cut) that support the core of our building (powder print).


The arc tool is a very basic one. With a few inputs, grasshopper gives you the power to control the center, radius, and angle (in radians) of the arc. After creating a basic arc, I then added a polygon which I sweeped along the arc. The result is a sweep with a profile of a polygon that follows an arc, with the polygon and arc both being easily editable.

Grasshopper File: Arc

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Calculus in Architecture Ted Talks by Greg Lynn

“[Architects] always have tried to justify beauty by looking at nature,” (Lynn). First we looked to proportions within our own bodies, finding relationships between the part and the whole. The nose is 1/5 of the face, the head is 1/7 of the body. Many dimensions in architecture have been based on these types of ratios. With the invention of the decimal point came a new way of looking at things as the ratios were no longer exact, simple calculations. Nothing in nature demonstrates the exact ratios architects had once used. In the video above Lynn looks at nature’s mutations rather than it’s norms for inspiration for his architecture. We can use calculus along with varying parameters to create mutations in architecture. Lynn argues that we can use calculus as a means of evolving our ideas in a way beyond the basic math and proportions of architects in the past. I recommend looking at some of his other work, especially those shown in his video, but what particularly interested me was the interior of the Korean Presbyterian Church he designed. The cuts and variations on the ceiling form a really organic evolution from the back of the church to the front, establishing visual movement towards the altar, with each cut concealing the source of light alluding a hidden god. We can use advanced math in architecture to allow us to set certain parameters such as interior volume, amount of surface glazing, program requirements and other such things while creating a series of forms that are all unique and organic. We can very easily extrapolate these ideas into a new wave of skyscrapers that fulfill required functions in a most organic way with no two buildings ever the same.

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