Materials Infused with Nature’s Code
Haresh Lalvani, 2point5-D+. Photo courtesy of de Castellane Gallery.
Last week, de Castellane Gallery celebrated the opening of Haresh Lalvani’s exhibit entitled “2point5-D+.” Dr. Lalvani is a New York-based architect, sculptor, mathematician and inventor, and he teaches at the Pratt Institute. Known for his provocative work translating bio-based morphological structures into materials like steel and glass, Lalvani seeks to probe the diverse generative codes and processes that describe natural organisms.
On display are works in sheet metal created with Lalvani’s proprietary shaping technology called XURF (eXpanded sURFaces)—a process that allows for the generation of complex three-dimensional constructions using flat two-dimensional surfaces. According to Lalvani, “I am greatly interested in physical emergence, not just computational emergence. That is, how new phenomena emerge not just from computational rules, but from physical processes. This is intimately related to the question the physicists have been asking: how do we get something from nothing? If the physicists cannot create matter from nothing, we as architects-designers certainly cannot. This inspires us to develop the next best thing.”
2point5-D+ will be on display until February 14, 2011.