In biology, splitting of cells occurs following the genetic blueprint and influence of nutrients. This process is incredibly versatile and can grow the body of a giraffe or a human or any other organism through embryogenesis. In this studio, the algorithmic formulas for the growth of cells were employed for their adaptive qualities to generate different design outputs, and for the aesthetic richness and intricacy of beautiful high-resolution patterns.

The studio applied this approach to the generation of form, to design urban furniture. The algorithmic geometry provided a blueprint that was applied to the process of robotic 3D printing. Previously custom written software was used to discover a myriad of visually expressive and functionally optimised solutions. In developing the designs, colour and different transparency levels were explored to develop various material effects; denser pattern zones were seen as providing comfort for sitting, while the lower resolution patterns made the structures lighter and optimised the use of materials.

Alisa Andrasek

Ryan Pennings