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Diversity and System – Tooling by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch (2005)

151213_Tooling_01ARANDA, B. and LASCH, C. (2005): Tooling, Princeton Architectural Press

Is it to ‘find form’ or to ‘force form’? In their book ‘Tooling’ Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch experience many new aspects of computergenerated design.

It is an experimental approach. The authors try to enhance the diversity of form to free themselves from the stringent will to force a special form. To the authors opinion, you are able to begin the design process at the stage, when you define this field open and free at last.

After preface and introduction there are seven interesting chapters; ‘Spiraling’, ‘Packing’, ‘Weaving’, ‘Blending’, ‘Cracking’, ‘Flocking’ und ‘Tiling’. In every chapter the reader will find different algorithms and construction methods. Additionally there are shown corresponding studies on design and related projects (

Graphics, Images and Text remain reluctant in black and white. Spirals twirl into the midnight space. Woven webs depict as 3d rapid prototyping models. A museum design presents itself as a fractal. ‘Camouflage View’ – a perforated and mirrored wall alienates the view to the outside into the woods.

The liberation from form and space is the subject of many related works. New and rare, however, is the research for a systemization and orientation in an exploding computergenerated diversity of forms. This specific research is very valuable. What must come up next might be the intelligent and computer aided selection of form.

Nevertheless this book invites all designers to experiment further and to explore a relatively new and wide open field.

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