Digitally generated strands connected points between two planes, top and the bottom. The simple structures were modified simulating physical forces, this caused cohesion of strands and allowed various bundled structures to develop.
Structural characteristics were changed by manipulating the amount of forces acting on strands. The result is the series of experiments showing the development of different spatial structures and combinations with the aim to freeze the flexible digital structures in their position and create physical architectural expression.
“In North-East India, the giant cliffs, lead up to a hidden word: Meghalayas. Nearly 2km high and buffeted by mansoon clouds this is possibly the wettest place on earth. Once 25 meters of rain fell here in a year, the world record. Living here poses an unusual problem and it is not just keeping dry. Nearly all the rain falls during the summer mansoon. River flows from gentle stream to raging torrent. They become wild and unpredictable and almost impossible to cross. Harli and his niece Giuliana are busy cultivating a cunning solution: 30 years ago, Harli planted this strangler fig on the river’s edge and today he is teaching Giuliana how to care for it…”
David Attenborough in the BBC Documentary How the world made us below (from the PermacultureForest Youtube Channel) narrates the beautiful story of the live bridges of Meghalayas which is a network of living fig tree bridges, sometimes several century old, used to cross the torrents in the Mansoon season.
Above: The “double decker” bridge, in Travel the Unknown blog
Above: Close up Photo of a fig tree bridge by Neeraj2608
Above: Even Handrails were made with the roots, article from Inhabitat
Above: view of one of the bridges from dpreview