Monday, May 17, 2010

Elevator in Crysis

Elevators meet at where the two paths join

Monday, May 10, 2010

Crysis Environment

This Crysis Environment is inspired by the last glacier of Germany at Zugspitze. Although glaciers have largely disappeared in Germany and is receding in the rest of the world, during the Ice ages they dominated the landscape. They were the ones that carved out the valleys. Glaciers and rivers consist of water gathered along one path, acting on a point somewhere ahead to move forward.

Yellowstone Valley, USA. This photo similarly shows the power of rivers in carving out landform.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Replacement Frap image for last of the 5 shots

Charles Darwin's lab (he can return from ocean voyages from here)
Note: the difference is that this picture can be enlarged

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sketchup Model at Google Warehouse

Xin Zhang

Crysis Level at Drop io

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5 Images from Final Crysis Model

Evolving Everything
The labs are composed of 5 L shaped bodies which are themselves the product of intersecting negative and positive spaces. Each of the bodies are slightly different (one is made out of air) but are all derived from the same essential shape. An evolution founded on a few simple rules (what some see as restrictions) can generate a 'whole' that is far more interesting than what can be imagined in one go.
An approaching visitor from land will first see a 'boundary condition' marking the corner of land. This 'boundary condition' is just one 'cog' of a variety that make up nature, things large and small are governed by simple laws, here visualized by one: "all bodies must be bent!". The idea of 'boundary' is also subject to evolution--> it then occured to me that scientists work on the 'boundary' of knowledge.

The land forms are not just means for getting from one lab to another, but they are the space in between for visitors to meet and take long walks with the scientists, or for the scientists to wonder when they are stuck at a theory. Components of the landform are simple, but together they make for interesting walks, even if some are leading to no particular destination.

Upper half of Stephan Hawking's lab, the boundary between space and land. (Is that a spaceship in the background? It can land here.)
Charles Darwin's lab, the boundary between land and sea. Darwin can return by sea and anchor his boat here.

Electroliquid Aggregation

Example quote
"Why still speak of the real and virtual, the material and immaterial? Here these categories are not in opposition, or in some metaphysical disagreement, but more in an electroliquid aggregation, enforcing each other, as in a two part adhesive."
Lars Spybroek, [1998] Motor Geometry, Architectural Design, Vol 68 No 5/6, p5

My quote based on quotes 1 and 2 from Charles Darwin and Stephan Hawking
The whole does not simply come into being, no matter how fantastical or unfathomable. Even the most complex of organisms and the boundaries of the universe occur according to small consequences governed by some law. What we see is always less than the sum of its parts and what's in between.