Biothing

Repository of Computation Design
Swells

/////Swells/2004

design-search system (custom-written software) for highrising structures
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  • Alisa Andrasek _ principal designer
  • design+computation: Tobias Schwinn/Aleksandra Jaeschke
  • Special thanks to Andrea Di Stefano

Swells is conceived out of a desire to address the accelerated condition of design and construction in China. It works as a simulation tool for architects to test various structural and organizational patterns that can then be instantiated in the context of particular designs, and addresses the historically rigid high-rise typology. Through thickening and thinning, the Swells reinforce and expand the structural envelope of a tall building, and forces are transmitted across its poly-directional structural network by a system of horizontal connective hinges. Swells are generated through an ascending population of cellular agents whose collective transformation frequencies are indexed by the swelling intensities of the emergent global structure. Cellular layers come in and out of phase, thickening and thinning the skin tissue. The Swells form parametrically modulated symptoms of an affected skin, driven by the multiple vectors moving away from the core plane. Scalar modulation of spatial fabric can be retextured to allow for maximum openness or divisibility of space. Statistical propagation of programming molecules offers opportunities for populating high-rise territories more compatible with the flexible nature of current cultures of inhabitation. The recurrent organization patterns that emerge form diverse neighborhood relationships that allow for endless programmatic affinities. 

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