Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they're buildable -- and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form. Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form.
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Michael Hansmeyer prefers to characterize his generative design work as procedural rather than parametric. He describes a series of domes developed through eigenvectors, and the Subdivided Columns project (2010), and the design and fabrication of the Digital Grotesque project (2013), with Benjamin Dillenburger for the FRAC Centre. Noting the terrifying freedom of architects who no longer face any practical computing limits, Hansmeyer stresses the need to hybridize processes. He ends with a variation on Louis I. Kahn's question to the brick, asking "What would a computational particle want to be?"