Growing a Building – part II

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This post chronicles continuing research into architectural form-finding methods using simulated biological processes. In this case: chemical cues that cells in the body use to communicate with eachother.

Here are a couple of  quick renders showing two buildings grown in their context: site boundary and zoning height limit. The video below shows the simple rules used in  their generation: cells aggregate, emitting pheromones when they detect a site boundary. When concentration is high enough, the cell type changes from an opaque panel to a spaceframe. Upcoming work will develop more cell types and pheromone relationships to negotiate interior spaces, floor area ratio, thermal comfort and more.

See the earlier posts for more info on this project.


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