Cumulative Coherence
Fall 2009
Instructors: Payne, Predock, May
At the outset of the project, aggregation of the primitives was governed by a single rule: no two pieces were permitted to share more than one connection. This resulted in two general forms of accumulation: saturated and unsaturated. Here saturation refers to the complete occupation of all available junctions by neighboring primitives. Unsaturated indicates that some or many of the available connection points between primitives are left empty. Though the unsaturated system exhibited interesting behavior given the flexible material, it was the saturated systems which revealed the most provocative potential for system growth. Chief among the benefits of the saturated systems was its inclination to form resilient cylindrical structures. Having observed the pieces naturally mapping to cylinders, work was directed at finding methods of transforming the primitives so they might map to shapes homeomorphic to cylinders. In the end, computational methods allowed the primitives to be mapped to virtually any revolved surface.

Plan and elevation  

Various assemblies  

Mapping the cylinder  

The proliferated assembly