Generative Fabrication

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Monday, 3 August 9 am - 6 pm
Tuesday, 4 August 9 am - 6 pm
Wednesday, 5 August 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday, 6 August 9 am - 6 pm
Friday, 7 August 9 am - noon

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Design & Computation Gallery explores non-linear and biological processes in design and digital fabrication through selected works of art, architecture, and design. The work's inherently generative nature encourages many lines of investigation along two main paths:

  • Generative design - algorithm and process, explorations of phase space and path-dependent emergent phenomena, form-making versus form-finding, and iterative design such as simulation, analysis, and optimization.
  • Digital fabrication - the interplay between digital representation and the crafting of physical objects; formation of structures by aggregation, weaving, and layered manufacturing; and exploitation of organic and composite material properties.

Celebrating the Special Issue of Leonardo and SIGGRAPH 2009 Art & Design Galleries
Tuesday, 4 August, 1:30-3:30, Lobby outside Rooms 353-355

Drink a toast to the SIGGRAPH special issue of Leonardo and the SIGGRAPH 2009 art and design galleries. Talk with the artists, designers, and Art Papers authors about their work. Meet the members of the SIGGRAPH 2009 committee who organized this year's exhibits of digital art and design.

Related session:

Panel: BioLogic and Generative Fabrication
Thursday, 6 August | 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Room 265-266

Monumental Nets
Janet Echelman and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
Sculpture that synthesizes traditional fabrication methods with digital form-finding to create monumental public sculptures.

Schiara Lantern
Greg Lynn/FORM and Kreysler & Associates
A large, volumetric lantern made of translucent fiberglass composite panels formed on CNC-milled molds.

Complex Form in Timber
Fabian Scheurer

Constructing free-form architecture in timber using parametric design and computer-controlled fabrication tools.

Chris Lasch & Benjamin Aranda
Architects pursuing design ideas based on Quasicrystals, forms that are rigorously modular yet grow wild.

A family of lamp designs that are unique for each customer, made with rapid manufacturing techniques.

Holy Ghost
Lionel Theodore Dean
A chair designed using genetic algorithms to determine modifications to the iconic Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck.

Ground Substance
Sabin+Jones LabStudio
A hybrid architectural design and biological research unit that demonstrates new modes of thinking in design and material construction.

Pluripotent Structures
Ferda Kolatan+Erich Schoenenberger
su11 architecture+design

An investigation into adaptive and variable formal and structural organizations that have more than one possible outcome yet maintain coherence.

Generative Fabrication is presented in synergistic cooperation with BioLogic Art, the juried art exhibition. The Generative Fabrication gallery benefits from the generous support of .MGX by Materialise, Kreysler and Associates, and Bentley Systems.