Nanotechnology studio coach Dr. Ryan Wartena shares his thoughts on Day 1 of the studio.

“Nanotechnology of Growing Architecture” studio
by Dr. Ryan Wartena

September 20, 2010: Day 1 of the NuVu design studio for Nanotechnology of Growing Architecture. We started the course today by watching a video of a man who can draw a perfect circle (link). The concept for the studio was briefly discussed; as a class, we are designing and developing a contemporary Seed Atlas for the growth of intentional thought through the nanotechnology of Seed Design. The relationships between polygon solid space and circle space was described as were their transforms and dualities. We collected images of Crop Circles and the surface of the moon Titan and discussed how growth and life could arise from pure geometry and the proper flow profiles.

The basis of the seed design concept was practiced today by understanding how to physically draw fundamental geometries of circle space. We further introduced the five crystal structures composing all materials and how it could be derived from the circle space grid. Circle space coordinate systems were performed as a collective circle by circle as we all drew circles by hand. After understanding basic concepts of the construction (symmetries, centers, guiding points) of circle space, we utilized Google SketchUp to apply the understanding electronically. To balance out the rigid rule set of crystal structures and third dimensional reality, we made connections of free-form with the mathematics game of Point-Node. The rules of point node are simple, you just need to connect any two points and if you do so without crossing any lines then you can draw another node. There are limitations on node connections and when played correctly, there is now end to it. Amazing abstract creations were developed by the twos and threes. In Point-Node, there are no rules other than which is stated.

The NanoGA collectively discussed the similarities and differences between the two drawing processes. It was acknowledged that Point-Node represented a very abstract methodology without bounds of physical materials. With physical materials, specific rules occur in the crystalline structures. (The course’s Seed Designs for Intentional Thought Manifestation (ITM) of physical systems may be performed in circle-space with unique geometries, environmental patterns and growth mechanisms.) As a third method of working with circle-space, we discussed the surface patterning geometries including feathers, petals and scales; the goal was set out to make a surface of patterned circle-space and turn it into a surface skin. We arranged translucent circular disks into the Seed-of-Life pattern and began their collective formation. All drawings and pictures were added into the Seed Atlas version 1.0. Good Job NanoGA!

Tomorrow, we point to things and discuss their composition and method of manufacture down to the molecular level and we visit the library for a planned visual paper chase.

Drawing the Perfect Freehand Circle

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