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# Planning a Wedding and Forms and Algorithms

Sep 13, '06 10:08 AM EST

First design principle of wedding planning: let the bride do it, it is not your show man, and don't make comments about how much you don't like brass or accoustical ceiling tile. but we might get lucky, there is a place in Fair Haven, NJ that was designed in the style of FLW...so I am assuming no brass or accoustical tile.

yesterday was my shortest commute to class yet, 35 minutes to NYC. the seminar "Forms and Algorithms" taught by many people: Cecil Balmond and Jenny Sabin with Danial Bosia, Robert Aish, and Raymond Kettner, was held at the "The Artist Space" on 38 Greene Street, NY, NY for the opening of a recent project done in collaboration between UPenn students and Arup Advanced Geometry Unit. The exhibit "H_Edge" is worth a look: Sept. 14 thru Oct. 28. Click on link below for more. link

Danial Bosia gave a slide show introduction to what we as students will be doing or looking into this semester. One interesting point I thought worth noting:

his continual emphasis on experimentation with various mathematical formulas without a predisposition to what the results might be, i.e. experimenting and waiting for something new. To me it seems counter intuitive to practice any form of research in a calculating science without already envisioning the results, but this was the point, to not be so damn linear as most engineers and architects are. Of course you would have to be somewhat of a genius anyway to envision the geometrical results of complex algorithms, but in theory its possible.

Then Cecil Balmond followed the slide show with a rehashing of what was reviewed and he broke down the different types of algorithms for us, and incase you are not quite sure what an algorithm is here is my def.:

algorithm - looping equations (think of calculus and deritives, which made me think, what is to an algorithm as an algorithm is to an equation)

The breakdown:

1. Geometrical Algorithms - fractals, and basically anything that continues to loop in a certain direction within the frame work of space

2. Algebraic Algorithms - Benoit Mandelbrot was referenced link, think about running the formula f(y)=x+1/x in a loop

3. Numeric Algorithms - Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci was referenced link, think about the order of counting naturally, i.e. 1+1=2 then +1=3 then +1=4 and so on

4. Free From Algorithms - take a sketch and repeat the form in various ways via your looping equation (what comes to mind for me is Fruity Loops link interface where you can use an image as a sample to produce sound and then you loop with various effects (parametric modifications))

Cecial Balmond went on to explain a couple points which help relate this calculating science of geometrical exploration to architecture:

1. in architecture we extend certain aspects of the algorithm in a way not directly related to the equation, we add an extra move (move = a translation of the formula mathematically). for example at a certain point we just decide to go 3D with a 2D algorithm in which the third dimension is not necessarly inherant in the formula. (in a way this could be consider what is to algorithm as algorithm is to equation)

2. structure is then found via the hierarchy created within the algorithm, i.e. we do not abstract the structure first and fit everything within but rather we study the hierarchy of the geometrical form created by the algorithm and within ITS system we find the structure

3. the notion of modularity is a little different than what is typically thought about modularity in the world of architecture. fractals for example are extremely efficient modular systems, but they have an extra factor: scale. module within a module within a module. (tiling is another example)

4. we are not trying to find beauty or design beauty, beauty is still an incalculable variable.

5. FORM (my version of what Cecil Balmond thinks): is more than just its geometrical "shape" it is the comprehensive appearance of all attributes inherant and brought forth via the environment within an object. my dad used to ask me all the time what kind of girls i liked (blonde, brunettes, etc...) my answer always was "it depends on the girl".

all this makes a very interesting endeavor when one is reading Edmund Husserl link, the guy who wrote the "Origin of Geometry" from which Jacques Derrida link went on to create his philosophy from that is commonly known as "Deconstruction". Husserl brings up an interesting point about us humans - we essentially consider something 'objective information' if it falls within the a priori mindset of geometrical thinking. all things real must be proven geometrically via the act of measurement. think about it, how many sciences prove things without representing the results geometrically? you could say numerically is not geometrical, but the numbers represent instances in space and time and ultimately will be represented via a spreadsheet or a chart, etc... Husserl's point threw me for a loop, can sound or smell or color really be studied via our a priori geometrical mindset. Jenny Sabin in the seminar will be giving lectures on Form and Material, I am anxious to know how she relates this geometrical research to material.

If as I defined Balmonds def. of Form, and Beauty is beyond calculation, is it not possible that there is a methodology unknown to humanity or perhaps not properly explored that is not a priori geometrical?

dude, I can't wait to see how all this turns out.

after the exhibit, a couple UPenn students and I wondered over to Winka Dubbeldam's linkbuilding on Greenwich and Canal and managed to get a tour of RVA's offices link. I later stopped by Alison Sky's link apt/studio (the old SITE office locationlink) and reviewed a project for the Bronx with her and she gave me a magazine with one of my renderings published in it that I did for her via my companies name Metamechanics LLC link. Note: do not ever do sub par work, because that may be the work published. I just learned my lesson. the magazine: link (check out Farchitecture)

by the way I think I am going to use this blog as a way to put my thoughts down on paper via essay form

as JP would say

toodles

Chris

hey meta, how are you connected to Fair Haven? to think that another nector might be in my area makes me giddy...

well other than maybe getting married there, that is about it. my fiance's family lives in Tom's River and I in Lincoln Park, so we figure thats half way enough. beta- you work and live in Jersey?

yep meta i do both - but i am soon leaving for the land of 10,000 lakes...

I was hoping you were going to give us the algorithm that generates a fairy-tale wedding! From experience, just pray that it RAINS...

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