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Materials Infused with Nature’s Code

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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.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.