I chose a post by Jo McAllister from Week 3 about a structure created by ICD/ITKE. A transparent shell is threaded with black fibers unspooled by a robotic arm, which moves according to algorithms derived from analyses of water spider webs. These spiders suspend themselves underwater in air bubbles to make their webs.

It seemed that Jo wasn’t terribly impressed with this project because it was based on human analysis and modeling of an actual web, rather than being created from scratch by a computer program, but I think it’s pretty amazing nonetheless.

I like the idea of scaling up naturally-occurring micro structures using computational analysis. I wonder if these sorts of architectural projects might encourage greater appreciation not only for organic forms but also for more organic and eco-friendly construction methods.

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