Hyphae Series - Nervous System

Hyphae is a selection of organic 3D printed lamps from generative design studio Nervous System. These objects are absolutely gorgeous; shimmering like bioluminescent plants in the gloom. The company draw inspiration from natural phenomena as they write computer programs based on natural processes and patterns found in nature. This takes the form of jewellery and ornate objects like these lamps. 

The Hyphae series has been based primarily on the channels and veins that carry fluids through plants and other organic organisms. “Starting from an initial seed and a surface, we grow a hierarchical network where nodes constantly branch and merge. The densely interconnected structure is at once airy and strong”

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Parametric Semiology – The Design of Information Rich Environments - by Patrick Schumacher, 2013

All design is communication design. The built environment, with its complex matrix of territorial distinctions, is a giant, navigable, information-rich interface of communication. Each territory is a communication. It gives potential social actors information about the communicative interactions to be expected within its bounds. It communicates an invitation to participate in the framed social situation. Designed spaces are spatial communications that frame and order further communications. They place the participants into specific constellations that are pertinent with respect to the anticipated communication situations. Like any communication, a spatial communication can be accepted or rejected, i.e. – the space can be entered or exited. Entry implies accepting the communication as the premise for all further communication taking place within its boundaries. Crossing a territorial threshold makes a difference in terms of behavioural dispositions. Entry implies submission to the specific rules of conduct that the type of social situation inscribed within the territory prescribes. In this way, the designed-built environment orders social processes.  This spells the unique, societal function of architecture: to order and frame communicative interaction (Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume 1: A New Framework for Architecture. London: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2010. See Part 5:The Societal Function of Architecture.)

Figure 1. Parametric Semiology: Semio-field, differentiation of public vs. private as parametric range.

Figure 2. Parametric Semiology: Semio-field, master-plan with program distribution.

Figure 3. Vienna University of Applied Arts, Masterclass Hadid, Parametric Semiology: Semio-field. Project authors: Magda Smolinska, Marius Cernica, and Monir Karimi.

Figure 4. Dialectic Fields: Shell morphology as semiological system of distinctions: smooth vs creased vs faceted.

Figure 5. Dialectic Fields: Cluster of creased shells with semiologically distinctive surface articulation.

© Patrick Schumacher, 2013