Saturday, March 08, 2008


RECURSIVE SERIES (update 080308)

SIDE_TRACK ON RECURSION: "Droste effect" (
The Droste effect is a Dutch term for a specific kind of recursive picture[1], one that in heraldry is termed mise en abyme. An image exhibiting the Droste effect depicts a smaller version of itself in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This smaller version then depicts an even smaller version of itself in the same place, and so on. Only in theory could this go on forever, practically it continues only as long as the resolution of the picture allows, which is relatively short, since each iteration exponentially reduces the picture's size. It is a visual example of a strange loop, a self-referential system.

I am just back from the smartgeometry conference 2008 hosted within the Coop Himmelblau BMW building in Munich (Germany) - even more than during the last year event in New York the historical consensus within the founding partner of the event on the specific platform sponsoring the event is definitively re-questioned - hopefully that artificially maintained monopole (clearly understood as a funding issue) will shift in the next venue toward a much larger agenda on the use of computation within the field of architecture - anyway many interesting work presented - sustainability and solar gain are definitively the hot topics...

to all the many people I have met through the conference keep in touch...

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Saturday, February 24, 2007


Sketch for a canopy structure based on fractal growth of one single component;
It is always striking to me how, despite a complete symetry of assembly and proliferation tactic, such renders can highlight very similar qualities than forest canopies... we are all perfectly aware that natural processes are not randomly based (Phenotype acting on "written" genotype mathematically modelled as Fractals, L-Sytem, Voronoi...) but are also not based on perfect repetition and symetries... once more a proof to me that a return for obvious cost reasons to complete symetry and IDENTIQUE components can reach the affect of SIMILAR or other SELF-SIMILAR tactics...

to be continued...

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