Branch Formations – Intro

In a series of studies we create a digitized catalogue of naturally grown branch nodes that are used as components for the design of spatial frameworks. The emerging configurations utilize the tectonics of fiber patterns as a generative parameter for constructs with continuous grain.
The resulting formations are tested with regard to ideal structural performance and potential function and then adjusted accordingly in a feedback system.

To stay close to the principle of the tree with its layout of continuous (bifurcating) fibers we set up an assembly concept in which branch nodes are joined in extension of the wood grain to form a potentially endless continuum. We aim to develop spatial frameworks for architectural purpose made from wooden parts exclusively, but without being yet fixed/tied to a specific use. To allow for a maximum flexibility and range of possible applications we conceptualize configurations of Y-elements with their open ends joined to form closed cells to provide general structural integrity and bracing. This offers possibilities for multidirectional orientation and load bearing capacity by maintaining the objective of fiber and grain continuity. The emerging configurations assemble the Y-elements into bifurcating space loops. 

In a first series of studies we examine possible geometrical formations and methods of control and generative logic. All occurring operations/principles can be categorized as instances of “discrete element aggregations”