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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Building Unimaginable Shapes

This is a very nice TED talk by architect Michael Hansmeyer. It goes straight into procedural generation. Here is some of his work:



I like what he says about "start thinking about designing the process, not the object". Here is the video. You can find a direct link here.



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  1. This guy is doing some very interesting stuff. Read about him last year. He uses the Catmull-Clark and Do-Sabin Algorithms to generate these Pillars.

    He actually build one of these pillars out of cardboard. Very cool.

    His HP:
    http://www.michael-hansmeyer.com

    interesting article, but unfortunately only in german: (has some nice pics though ;) )

    http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/experimente-mit-3-d-grafik-fragile-formen-aus-einer-anderen-welt-a-751481.html

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    1. I too found about his work more than a year ago when I was researching L-Systems for architecture. He has done some work in that direction. I found his renderings were beautiful, but it seemed to me his algorithms were a bit out of control.

      This works with the columns seems like something you could find in a real building.

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  2. Well, if you look at the Sagrada Familia church, you can see some similarities in that both have complex, organic forms, one was designed by an architect, the other by a computer, which goes to show that perhaps indeed, computers are the architects of the future.
    Not sure if architects would like to be replaced by computers though =3.

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