Architecture and more so, the process of architectural design need no longer be bound by the shackles of history. Architectural elements designed for specific usage in ornament and function by classical architecture are no longer conducive to the contemporary usage of buildings, be it from a programmatic aspect or a physical one.
In their book “The Atlas of Novel Tectonics” Jessie Reiser + Nanako Umemoto aim to define contemporary typologies of architectural elements that evolve and develop to cater to specific functions through processes of iteration and differentiation rather than taxonomical categorization. At the same time, specificity of ornament and function are supplanted by a more universal applicability. Ultimately, the agglomeration of simple elements leads towards more complex object and spatial tectonics.
In the vein of ideas expressed in “The Atlas of Novel Tectonics”, this project aims to follow a design trajectory that begins with a simple yet expressive element or phenotype that can then be configured in a variety of agglomerations to address specific spatial and structural needs.
Through a process of iteration and evolution, the phenotype cell forms a genealogy or family that can manifest as artifacts in various configurations. Owing to the constant presence of geometrical and proportional systems guiding the evolutionary process, each iteration remains deeply adherent to the others, yet establishing its own identity.