Michael Hansmeyer
 
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L-Systems in Architecture (2003)


For centuries architects have been inspired by nature's forms and geometries. Their designs have been influenced by her structures, proportions, colors, patterns, and textures. Architects have incorporated these influences in what has been primarily an empirical process.

It is only in the past decades that much of the underlying logic, mathematics and chemisty of nature's forms has been better understood. In the late 1960's, the biologist Aristid Lindenmayer proposed a string-rewriting algorithm that can model simplified plants and their growth processes with an astounding ease. This theory is now known as L-Systems.

This project examines whether this algorithm can open up possibilities in the field of architecture.

 
     
Step-by-step interpretation of an 8th generation L-Systems string