The aircraft industry wants to make components of the cabin interior lighter, smaller, and generally more efficient. But research and development in the sector is costly and slow-moving due to regulations and project scale. A new collaboration between European aircraft maker Airbus and software developer Autodesk, however, could soon spell change for one such component—the partition that separates the flight crew’s workstation from the rest of the cabin—in the hopes of developing a design concept that can eventually expand to other parts of the fuselage. To aid in the project, Autodesk called on The Living, the New York studio it acquired last summer, to consider how its generative design work could be used to create a new kind of partition and, eventually, other load-bearing walls and panels in the fuselage. In applying his firm's research to this latest project, Benjamin used an algorithm to create a load-bearing frame based the pattern of slime-mold growth with a smaller integrated substructure based on bone-growth patterns to fill in the gaps, and that's smaller and lighter than current panels.

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