"As Autumn Leaves" by the Laboratory for Computational Design (LCD) is an art installation that mixes the emotive with precise computational design. The piece was installed during Beijing Design Week 2013 from Sept. 26 - Oct. 3.
Focused more on experience, the concept behind the project is nostalgic, with the white acrylic "leaves" of the piece signifying the transition of autumn into winter and the passage of time. On the other hand, the meticulous design process involved studying geometric growth patterns and the natural movement of leaves in the wind using parametric design tools.
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Project description from LCD:
"As Autumn Leaves
‘As Autumn Leaves’ is a spatial installation designed by students of LCD:Laboratory for Computational Design for Beijing Design Week 2013. Located in a historic hutong district in Beijing, ’AAL’ highlights the existing entrance to Dashilar Factory where emerging creatives exhibit their design. As temperatures change, Autumn turns to Winter, and trees shed their leaves, ‘AAL’ recalls the passage of time through changing seasons."
"Students began by studying geometric growth patterns and geometries related to natural logics and materials. Tutors encouraged students to investigate variation and adaptability within their systems. ‘AAL’ used parametric design tools that not only define systemic and formal languages but catalogue and locate components for ease of assembly."
"Designers used physics based modeling programs to generate and evaluate wind and gravitational forces in their installations. By hybridizing material and spatial research with advanced structural calculations ‘As Autumn Leaves’ float above, around, and through existing spaces."
"Individual components were digitally fabricated using laser cut acrylic and pre-assembled into ‘families’, then aggregated on site. Tensioning of the acrylic ‘Leaves’ through bending, inherent to the material, solidified structural integrity."
"LCD Co-founder and tutor Daniel Gillen emphasizes, ‘at LCD we understand the complexity and the publics curiosities in computational design. With this in mind, we attempt to create work that utilize these methodologies, while rooting design in the emotive and ephemeral. By evoking memories and emotions, the experience is far more important than the image.’
Although assembled by LCD tutors and students in a minimal 6 hours, dismantling and responsible re-use took top priority, distributing ‘Leaves’ to students and professionals for re-appropriation and future projects."
University: LCD:Laboratory for Computational Design
Tutors: Xu Feng, Daniel Gillen, Nikolas Wabnitz, Raymond Lau, Tong Xiaowei, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yanchuan, Federico Ruberto
Students: Wang Siming, Yuan Hang, Lu Yiting, Ding Wenzhe, Liu Yuxuan, Zhang Long, Hao Jiaqi, Wang Lichun
Sponsor: Beijing Benz Model Workshop
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Images courtesy of LCD.
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