Fractal Recursion – Digital Design Workshop @ [ARC], University of Nicosia, CYPRUS

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”


Fractals escape the concept of fixed topological dimension. What architects understand as a finite size or length, what we try to comprehend in different scales and annotations in plans or elevations, in the field of fractals does not exist. Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale. Imagine thus an architectural plan that as you zoom in does not change, that it’s “the same from near as from far”.

This intrinsic property of fractals is rather difficult to implement or to be designed using non-finite methodologies. Recursive and iterative protocols within coding and scripting languages enable the designer to generate and develop certain procedural models of manipulating complex geometrical or spatial models of fractional dimensionality.

By analyzing, testing and reproducing in Python scripting processes of fractal conception, we aim to introduce recursive functions in Rhino and Grasshopper, as a step forward from its mostly linear computational structure.

The workshop will be held at [ARC], Architecture Research Center, University of Nicosia from the 26th – 29th of March 2013. All lectures and Events will be open to the public.


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