Title page for ETD etd-05102011-225915

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Worden, Alexander
Author's Email Address alex@worden.net
URN etd-05102011-225915
Title Emergent Explorations: Analog and Digital Scripting
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Green, William R. Committee Member
  • Frei Otto
  • Analog Computing
  • Textile
  • Crochet
  • Gottfried Semper
Date of Defense 2011-04-29
Availability unrestricted
This book documents an exploration of emergent and linear modes of defining space, form, and structure. The thesis highlights a dialog between analog and digital modeling techniques, in concept and project development. It identifies that analog modeling techniques, coupled with judgment, can be used to develop complex forms. The thesis project employs critical judgment and the textile techniques of crochet as a vehicle generate form.

Crochet lends itself to this investigation because it is a serial process of fabrication that allows for the introduction of specific non-linear modifications. The resulting emergent forms produced by this mode of working can be precisely described by digital modeling techniques. These analog crochet models are translated into the digital through the employment of advanced digital modeling tools. This translation enables the visualization, development, testing, and execution of an architectural space, form, and structure.

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