Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comment of Andre

Comment of Andre via email:
"- are you interested in testing the translatability of specific radiolarian structures, or of categories/classes of radiolarians, or perhaps of some of their general characteristics?
- do you have a final scale and/or architectural role in mind for the translated structures? (e.g. single person/family dwelling, concert hall, airport terminal, etc.)"

- I thought of starting with one perticular radiolarian structure. And test how effictive the structure will work as a buiding structure in Diana (and also criticize the spatial qualities it can have).
Then try to make some sort of tool which "automatically" transforms the weak or not sufficients parts into well working structure which would be realistic to work for a building.
So, untill this point I am
interested in testing the translatability of specific radiolarian structures.
- I quess that the first testing of the structure will end up in more knowledge about the possibilities. That's why I feel that I cannot yet define the outcome yet. Altough I would love to design a concert hall or palace in this way!


  1. By focusing in the interest you expressed, I would point out three factors I think relevant:
    1)translation of the geometry
    2)scale factor
    3)structural material

    1)There are a lot of studies done on structural geometry extracted form such a biological system. You could have a look, among other literature, at a few papers that I am posting on my blog. Due to its complexity, geometrical investigation could already be a topic it self. In order to reduce your area of work, you could either keep large the range of geometrical investigations by investigating variable geometries or make further choices on the specific radiolarian you are investigating (by focusing then on a specific class). This latter way would allow you to have a more restricted focus on a specific geometrical class but a larger investigation on factors other than geometry.
    2)Also scale factor could be a either a specific focused choice or a variable range of investigation. In the first case, I would suggest to make a choice on the design context you are interested in (small scale of dwelling, small roofs or cantilevers, large scale stadium, large scale airports and so on) – and investigate for example various geometries with respect to that scale. In the second scenario, I would make the choice on the geometry and investigate it on different scales, leaving more open the context.
    3)The third variable I see is the material which is also quite affecting structural performances. Please, talk with Elisa and Andrew about the way you could treat this point, since there might be a lots of possible ideas coming in the research – also out of traditional materials (i.e – what about pneumatic structures beside steel, concrete and others).

    Coming to the computational support, all the above mentioned factors can be categorized and combined – which would lead the investigation to a possible parameterization - for example, in the case you are still evaluating GC in combination with Diana.

    If you did not yet, you could also have a look at the publications edited by ILEK. There are a few of them specifically related to lightweight structures form nature – especially radiolaria.

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