Mesh Mining

Michael Hansmeyer, Benjamin Dillenburger
“Mesh Mining”

Parametric design methods prioritize an imperative use of the computer with their direct control of form through formulas and control-points. In order to expand architectural modeling into a more explorative endeavor, we propose a data-driven approach to generating form entitled mesh mining. This process functions by iteratively mapping attributes of a high-resolution mesh to translations in its geometry. In mesh mining, the statistical distribution of surface attributes is turned into an instrument of design. The process uncovers and articulates hidden patterns in the distributions of properties among the mesh’s faces. The resulting architecture is not the embodiment of an idealized system, but instead a heterogeneous topography that forms manifold structures at multiple scales.

About the speakers: Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form. His projects include the Sixth Order installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the Digital Grotesque installation at the FRAC Archilab 2013 exhibition, and the Platonic Solids Series. He recently exhibited work at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Art Basel / Design Miami, and the Trondheim Kunstmuseum.
Benjamin Dillenburger is a practicing architect and assistant professor in architecture at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. He previously worked as a senior lecturer in the CAAD group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s architecture department in Zurich. He holds a Master of Advanced Study degree from ETH Zurich and a Master of Architecture Degree of the Technical University Kaiserslautern.