Matthew Lin: Looking Outwards-03

For this week’s Looking Outwards blog post, I chose Michael Hansmeyer’s study and production of unimaginable shapes.  During the talk, Hansmeyer mentions that with the arise of 3D printing and digital fabrication, the architect must transition from being the creator to being the facilitator.  Instead of making all the decisions on how the exact form is brought about, the architect now manipulates and changes the algorithms and parameters by which the computer operates to create new forms.

Hansmeyer uses the basic idea of folding a surface as the algorithm through which the various forms are created.  Changing the ratio and orientation of the folds by the slightest degree can create countless shapes, and these changes can made to meet real needs based on real observations.  I appreciate how he bridges this idea to architecture, as he says that because the computer is now the creator, there are no constraints on the potential forms that we want to create.  He takes the simple concept of the column, and with this method, he shows that numerous possibilities that come about.  It is very empowering to see this kind of work, because it shows that there are hardly any limits on what we can make.