macrobic structures


The digital tooling of architects and artists to create shapes and structures generates new and fluent lines. Surprising enough often used to mimic nature or natural speciousness. These ‘new’ creations must have been in the minds of designers all along, nature is a recurrent element in design styles. Apparently their output was defined by the tooling they used to convey their thoughts to others. Which brings to mind the impact technology can have on organizational shapes and structures.

Kaust, Jeddah

Urban Art Projects

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

beacon KAUST

King Abdullah University for Science and Technology

Inspired by nature (the efficient systems of ants, bees) or even smaller biological systems like foam or a single cell, critical thinking and experiental ways to work together appear.

Centre Pompidou Metz France

Centre Pompidou, Metz

Computer architecture stimulated vector-based (3D) thinking to building objects. Technically we are already able to achieve 5D modelling (the added dimensions are time and space). It’s thrilling to imagine what “being able to convey our thoughts about time/durability and space/merged platforms could mean for the way we organize ourselves and our society.

UK Seed Cathedral Shanghai world expo 2010

UK Seed Cathedral

UK Seed Cathedral Shanghai world expo 2010

Shanghai, china

UK Seed Cathedral Shanghai world expo 2010

world expo 2010

The tools for 5D modelling are maybe still to advanced to be used in less technical environments, but if the output of research could be adapted like the way our eyes are already processing information we would gain a world of freedom to shape our society.

Rolex Learning Centre by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rolex Learning Centre by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

daniel rybakken

Daniel Rybakken

Daniel Rybakken, a Norwegian designer plays with the uplifting effects with designing daylight in gloomy enteriors. The Rolex learning centre in the Swiss Alps with its rising and descending floors (based on the Japanese practice of visual and sonic boundaries by SANAA) divides space with horizons rather than walls. Examples of design built to make you think differently.



other links: book (in dutch) ‘Sferen’-trilogie (1999-2004) — “Bellen”, “Globes” en “Schuim” — Peter Sloterdijk

blog in dutch about architecture, art and design

One Response to “macrobic structures”

  1. 1 kevin

    invention that changed art/painting: the paint tube
    in 1841 the American portrait painter John Goffe Rand invented the squeezable or collapsible metal tube, read more:

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