Writing the Report

I’m sorry to report that I can’t show the model just yet. The sections are ready and looks very good but the bottom plate got messed up in the laser cutter. The tight grill supporting the sections was unfortunately a bit too tight for the laser cutter to handle in a single run, the heat made the perspex move. I will try again as soon as possible, hopefully tomorrow. Meanwhile I’m putting together the written report, it needs to be handed in this Monday. Which is when I’m sending the posters for printing as well. Not much time left now.



Finally, the renderings are getting finished. Some images need a bit more of work, but they are almost done! The image of the forest will be the centrepiece in the presentation with the other renderings at half the size. All the images are built up in the same way, with a lot of layers stacked on top of each other. The bottom layer is much like an oil painting, while the top layers add more detailing, shadows and light. This way of working has allowed me to adding a bit of texture and colour to the surfaces which otherwise would have been done with complicated maps and materials before rendering.

Tomorrow I have booked the laser cutter to cut out perspex sections for my final model. I’ll be back soon with the images.


Finishing Up

Two weeks left until the report needs to be handed in to the critics. Sounds longer than that it is. With the drawings almost finished, I’ll focus on the renderings during next week before putting the layout together. Here’s an early low-res render of the forest, showing what kind of atmosphere I’m after in the finished images. Hopefully I can show you the result next week.


Manufacturing Genesis

After a weeks of pondering over possible titles for my project is the deadline finally over today. I eventually decided on the title above, Manufacturing Genesis. Not perfect, but still something I can live with. The image and text for the presentation advertisement here below:

Abstracting Nature with Generative Code, a proposal for the Swedish Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

Professor: Abelardo Gonzalez
Tutor: Morten Lund

The Swedish participation in the World Expo in Shanghai 2010 has been a subject of much debate among Swedish architects over the course of the last year. A questionable procurement put Tengbom Arkitekter in charge of the pavilion but they soon resigned. Sweco took over the project a month later while Tengbom will focus on the exhibition within the building.

Instead of treating the pavilion and the exhibition as separate entities, the intention of my proposal for the Swedish pavilion is to deliver a unified experience. An experience that encourages visitors to seek out the Swedish wilderness, emphasising the mysterious qualities of the untouched nature. A pavilion in which visitors can experience the dark and subtle natural qualities of the Swedish forests, as well as understand our historical relationship with nature. The exhibition will be the pavilion itself, an experience for all the senses, no objects are displayed. The goal is rather to emphasise the close relationship between the mind and the senses and how this effect our understanding of nature.

The most challenging aspect of the project has been to find a representational model of nature. How do you recreate a forest? An abstraction is of course necessary, but which properties are necessary in order to find the essence of an environment? What kind of tree density, trunk variety, leaf work or branching is needed to produce the atmosphere of a forest? To create this abstraction of nature, I have used the same method as nature itself, generative code. In nature’s case DNA, in my project, rhinoscript. By writing algorithms for the terrain, the trees, the foliage, and so forth, I have been able to set up rules in which the building components then are generated randomly within predefined limits.