Saturday, October 19, 2013

Assignment 6

My power copy can be seen on the top lower left. Instantiated through the pionts in the background. The next instances of it do not incorporate the bump. When I modify the underlying framework, the bump gets lost on the original power copy as well.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Assignment 5

This is what I'm trying to accomplish in Digital Project

This is as far as I got. I'm having problems getting the pieces to snap to the framework. I need to constrain the framework line (1) to the plane that the main square is also constrained to. Then I need to constrain line (2) of the framwork to the line edge of the parallelogram (3). So far, nothing attempted yields anything but error messages.

Friday, October 4, 2013

On Emergent Formalism

Greatly simplified, the idea that a complicated thing can be created by the interaction of many simple processes is referred to as emergence. From complicated ripple patterns in sand, to the quasi-synchronized movement of a flock of starlings simple rules make for complicated patterns. In parametrically designed architecture the a reverence has arisen for the emergent complexity. When simple rule sets (parameters) are tweaked until a complex form appears which the designer considers aesthetic and/or functional the design is deemed a success. The critique against this is that emergent design is just formalism masquerading as intelligent process.

Then there is the practice of iteration: Design, test/critique, and repeat. This always yields successively better results. Natural selection is a type of iteration. Emergence and iteration are entangled, but they are entirely separate forces. In the cognitive space between these two concepts is the idea of a feedback loop where two forces act to change each other. Each exerts an influence on the other, and each is changed by the other's influence. A Feedback loop can be present in emergent systems, but it is not necessary. Feedback is necessary for iteration, but a feedback loop may not exist. When talking about such a tangled and nebulous subject as emergence many things which are not truly in the subject matter can tend to get conflated.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Assignment 4

Week 4 - Multi-Part Assembly

An animated version of the final functional version

What I was trying to Achieve, as modeled in Rhinoceros

The problem I ran into in Digital Project