The Beauty of Complexification
Michael Hansmeyer and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.Wikipedia
Michael Hansmeyer is among the elite who think about reasons to wantonly complexify rather than to simplify. This unique corps of thinkers buck the trend of paring off the dross to find something pristine and spit-shined inside. Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms to generate and fabricate architectural form. [michael-hansmeyer.com]
He has taken a platonic solid (think sphere – cube – pyramid…) and devised thousands of unique variations. See the bottom tier of the illustration above. He says:
All of the forms shown are generated using the same single process, Only the variables that control the process’ division operation are allowed to change. This single process affects both the form’s topography and topology. It influences attributes such as the degree of branching, porosity, and fractalization – just to name a few. Platonic Solids.
The top of the above illustration gives you a taste of Hansmeyer’s mind in solid production. One has to appreciate the industrial fabrication know-how that gives visual form to his heady mathematics. No way he’s not involved in this too.