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We had our final crit today! Great projects concluding our brief2B:Realize. Here are couple pictures. Thank you very much to our external critiques Daewha Kang (Associate Zaha Hadid Architects), Lawrence Friesen (GenGeo), Stephen Melville (Director Ramboll UK), James Solly (Buro Happold), Michael Clarke and to our colleagues Anna Liu and Roberto Botazzi.

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Josh Haywood's Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Garis Lu's Mont St-Michel's Chanting Bridge

Garis Lu’s Mont St-Michel’s Chanting Bridge

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

William Garforth-Bless'Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

William Garforth-Bless’Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Georgia Collard-Watson's Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Georgia Collard-Watson’s Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Naomi Danos' joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Naomi Danos’ joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Jessica Beagleman's Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabbalah Centre

George Guest's Fringe Festival Bridge

George Guest’s Fringe Festival Bridge

Sarah Shuttleworth's Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Sarah Shuttleworth’s Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Dhiren Patel's twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Dhiren Patel’s twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Mark Simpson's Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Mark Simpson’s Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Lying somewhere between science and art, University of Tokyo scientists Yoichi Ochiai,  Takayuki Hoshi and Jun Rekimoto use precision acoustics to bring the beauty of sound waves to life in three dimensions.

More information here from the University of Tokyo, Nagoya Institute of Technology

Polystyrene beads self organising in mid air

After posting about the book explaining basic concepts of computational design, The Nature of Code by Daniel Shiffman, I thought it would be helpful to convert all the example into Grasshopper files. Well here you go: Jake Hebbert has done it on youtube, exciting tutorials using python for Grasshopper. Here are couple example of tutorials extracted from Jake’s youtube channel:

Walker:

Walker02:

Bouncing Balls:

Gravity between movers:

NEAR UNISON is an installation that allows participants to visualize the harmonic relationships between them. Pairs of sit-on pendulum swings create several large scale harmonographs that scratch drawings onto the surface of the Black Rock Playa. The structure that holds these harmonographs is itself a physical representation of a harmonographic form that can be seen from a distance across the Black Rock Playa.

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The harmonograph was a 19th century machine that was invented to explore the geometry of sine waves. It was soon developed into a popular parlour room toy that was capable of producing beautiful and delicate drawings simply by mapping the relationship between two swinging pendulums. By changing the lengths of the pendulums, their wavelength and oscillating frequency are changed. When the ratio of these two frequencies is something complex like 35:73, there is no discernible pattern, but as soon as it hits a simple ratio such as 3:5 or 2:3 a clear pattern emerges. The relationship between visual harmony and mathematical ratio is exactly the same those found in musical harmonies: the ratios that produce beautiful drawings are the same as produce harmonious musical chords.

The title ‘NEAR UNISON’ is derived from the set of patterns that occur when the ratio of the two pendulums is very close to 1:1, as will occur when people of a similar weight are using the interactive harmonograph. It is expected that the patterns produced by these interactive harmonographs will describe, in an abstracted manner, the similarity of all human beings, while emphasizing the subtle differences between individuals.

The overall form of the structure is also derived from a 3D harmonographic surface with a ratio that is in this ‘near unison’ region. A plywood structure supports pipes that trace the harmonographic lines through space to create a delicately curved sculptural form that sits directly on the Playa. Suspended from this structure are a series of connected pendulums that participants are able to ride like swings. When they are are used, these pendulums trace harmonographic patterns onto the surface of Playa. The drawings that are created will map the interaction between pairs of participants.

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A series of experiments tracing the movement of a freely oscillating pendulum in a layer of sand.

The pendulum’s centre of gravity is slightly off-centre, meaning that the the x and y components of its movement oscillate at very slightly different frequencies; the harmonic relationship between these frequencies causes remains constant as the amplitude decreases rapidly due to friction between the pendulum and the sand. The rate of decay of the amplitude can be controlled by the depth to when the pendulum penetrates the layer of sand.

Casts of these forms were made by pouring liquid plaster carefully over the sand once it had been held in place with a light coating of sprayed acrylic varnish.

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A series of long exposure photographs of a light on the end of a freely oscillating pendulum.

The pendulum’s centre of gravity is slightly off-centre, meaning that the x and y components of its movement oscillate at very slightly different frequencies; the harmonic relationship between these frequencies causes remains constant as the amplitude decreases due to friction between the pendulum and the air.

This set up is the most simple form of a harmonograph.

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For more infomation please visit www.dandodds.co.uk

The Grasshopper script simulates a random soap bubble cluster starting from 3 soap bubbles of known radii based on Plateau’s Laws. All surfaces in a bubble cluster are spherical, including films dividing two adjacent bubbles.

A list is used to store valid bubbles generated through a Hoopsnake sequence and a number of custom components calculate correct bubble intersection in line with Plateau’s Laws.