CAUSA Lecture: Ali Rahim

April 28, 2009

I think Ali Rahims’s lecture was very different. It was really interesting g for me to see Rahim talking about war. And it was interesting how he analyzed the systems in the war and compared it to our technology and architecture. I have also noticed that he emphasized the notion of technology versus technique and how they are related and also virtual versus actual. These are basically some of the elements that he considers in his architecture. I really enjoy the form of architecture that he works with and the process that he goes through. Not only based on the background and different themes but how he uses technology to get to the final outcome. His work is very different and unique to me and I think it would be a great chance to have him for some workshops about how creates these thoughts and how he designs.

At first I found the lecture very interesting mostly because I could relate it to my experiences in graphics, studio and my background. However I found myself lost and confused in the middle of the lecture. I believe some of the ideas that were put forward by Mr. Bratton were beyond my understanding and more professional, specific and more philosophical. Having said that, I believe it was a very complete lecture in its content. One of the first definition that catch my attention was when he defined “architecture as knowledge of form” and its relationship to nature. I am not sure if I agree and if it is possible for architects to stop making buildings, because you understand by doing it and it is a great chance to have as an architect. Maybe the we can change the way that we look at the solution. Maybe the design needs to allow changes. By that I mean it is possible for us to start a new method to design in order for others to come and change or revisit it for a new design not to destroy it. Mr. Bratton also mentioned a very interesting idea about “subtraction” not to built more but to carve new forms from the old which I believe has a lot of potential to it. I also thought that tries to put the idea of rigidity out there for architects but after explaining the grid system in Newyork and the fluid system in orange county I agree that there are always opportunities from simple facts.

Articulated Assemblies

April 15, 2009

Final attempt:



Second attempt with vacume:


first attemp:


Incremental assemblies


“Implant Matrix is an interactive geotextile that could be used for reinforcing landscapes and buildings of the future. The matrix is capable of mechanical empathy. A network of mechanisms reacts to human occupants as erotic prey. The structure responds to human presence with subtle grasping and sucking motions, ingesting organic materials and incorporating them into a new hybrid entity.”


I found Mr. Beesley’s lecture very appealing in its style and the way that he uses technology to make different forms of systems. Mr. Beesley works on textile lattices in architecture and focuses particularly on interlinked mesh structures, lightweight materials, and offset and assembly systems ensuring the sturdiness of such structures. I think it is really interesting that his works are inspired by the organic world and traditional weaving techniques. it is very remarkable that these works are characterized by large mesh surfaces produced by the repetition of identical interlinked elements. The proliferation of patterns evokes the growth process in the organic world. Several of his works are incorporated directly into nature. One such work is Haystack Veil (1997) made up of 30,000 twigs arranged as a mesh cloaking a moss and lichen covered cliff on the Atlantic coast in Maine. In his Erratics Net (1998), interlinked wire fabric formed a giant net on a Nova Scotia coast and helped local vegetation to grow. One of the other fascinating facts that Mr. Beesley talked about, was the relationship of his work to the lands. He takes something that is very general and huge and by zooming in to the idea, he designs his projects that are very specific and well structured. Understating motion and sense of consequences are a very interesting theme to think about. There is this question that when you touch something does it know that you are touching it? Does respond back to you? Does it care? Does it feel that you are present? These are some of the question that I think are well answered in his projects and they are what we are headed in the future with new technology. Mr. Beesley’s projects call to mind the geotextiles used in the construction and horticulture sectors. Yet the projects highlight the harmonious relationship between nature and human creation and rely heavily on the emotional response in individuals who encounter the works. By playing on the analogies between fabrics and architectural textiles, between human skin and synthetic skin, the works explore individual boundaries, both psychological and physical. I guess it is worth experiencing how different systems work while trying to improve the work each time. Looking back to Mr. Beesley’s works one can see a great unity that connects all the projects and that is the idea and the logic behind the design. Moving from one to another he improves his ideas and adds more to it. Each works is well designed structurally and logically. I really enjoyed the lecture and I was fascinated with the complexity of the design and  the great idea behind it.

OtherExamples …

April 5, 2009

Sample borads

April 5, 2009

large version of the boards

Design Process:

THE MATRIX_Krystian Kwiecinski


Fabrication process:




Technique( 3d printing process:

The 3D printing process is a kind of archaeology. After one exports the final model as a stereolitography, it is imported to the CAM software that prepares it for printing. The printing process is made out of alternating layers of a specific powder and glue. As a result, the model needs to be “unearthed” to reveal itself.

other examples:

the matrix_renu gupta