New Systems of Organisation and Tooling

We have been able to generate what commercial software could not offer: forms that are based on different conceptual processes. The focus is on the processes that govern the genesis and transformation of these systems and the structure of their parts. Non-linearity produces multiple outcomes, not single answers, requiring a more critical and selective evaluation than in the traditional approach. What emerge are not static forms but dynamic systems, expressions of simple and rigorous recursive processes. They are complex not complicated, rich in their varied ramifications and intrinsic patterns. Anish Kapoor with Arup AGU, Tall Tree and the Eye, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009
The 70-sphere installation in the courtyard of the Royal Academy. In an era of new humanism, contemporary designers are faced with the opportunity of exploring new systems of organisation, far reaching beyond classical and static forms. Anish Kapoor with Arup AGU, Tall Tree and the Eye, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009
Fractal reflections of the Royal Academy courtyard into the Tall Tree and the Eye installation. We have crafted our own working tools, scripting them from basic principles, compiling them from numeric recipes that we call computer algorithms. Arup AGU, Torre Reforma,
Mexico City, 2007
View from below of the Torre Reforma with its aperiodic three-dimensional glazing pattern that forms the external facade and also internal atria. Although every project is unique, all are derived using a common method based on the rigorous application of algorithmic processes of space and form-making. In doing this we have multiplied the outcomes and discovered new worlds of different solutions. Evolution is at the core of this forensic research where the answers are not locked into stylistic mindsets, but selected on the basis of their fitness. It is apparent from these projects how simple geometric constructs find rational applications, how geometric symmetries, hierarchies and proportions present advantages in
Figure 6. The outcomes are often unexpected and new in their appearance, sometimes even revolutionary in setting new trends. The following examples of the group’s work demonstrate a process taking from abstract geometric algorithms to rational and systematic organisations of space that are structured and rational to construct and assemble. Figure 7. The starting point is often arbitrary and irrational, but the outcomes are structured and organised, providing surprising new answers. We have combined generative algorithms with procedures that test for efficiency so that engineering is no longer a process of post-rationalisation, and the intelligence of new solutions is inherent in their very creation. Toyo Ito & Associates with Arup AGU, Taichung Opera House, Taiwan, 2007
Rapid prototype model of the Taichung Opera House concrete structure.

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