Digital Origami - Design Bureau

Digital Origami

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

By Justin Ray

Digital architecture's recent advances allow architects to explore computer modeling and programming in ways previously unheard of. But while the virtual world has endless possibilities, the real world has limitations. But in today’s second wave of digital architecture, we're seeing more digital ideas brought to the build stage.

German architect and director of The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) Chris Bosse kept this in mind when giving students at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is based, the task of creating a space-filling installation. In the Digital Origami Masterclass, he asked the 25 students to study trends in digital architecture and apply the field to the project. The students found a pragmatic way of combining digital architecture with the real world. They digitally constructed "cells" using 3500 recycled or otherwise recyclable cardboard shapes, made them and used them as the building blocks for an installation.

Bosse says, "The aim was to test the fitness of a particular module, copied from nature, to generate architectural space, with the assumption that the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system. Ecosystems such as reefs act as metaphor for an architecture where the individual components interact in symbiosis to create an environment."

For their project, LAVA won the 2007 Idea Award. Something tells us that these students are headed to a bright future.

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