Michael Hansmeyer
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Subdivided Columns - Design

Effectively, the architect designs a process that produces a column, rather than designing a column directly. This process can be run again and again with different parameters to create endless permutations of columns. These permutations can be combined into new columns, and can form the a point of departure for new generations of columns. The architect assumes the role of the orchestrator of these processes.

Unlike traditional design processes, the single subidivison process generates the form at all its scales: from the overall proportions and curvatures, to smaller local surface formations, down to the formation of a micro-structure. The process adds information at all scales, without resorting to any type of repetition. The result is a series of columns that exhibit both highly specific local conditions as well as an overall coherency and continuity. The ornament is in a continuous flow, yet it consists of very distinct local formations. The complexity of column contrasts with the simplicity of its generative process.

One process works at multiple scales