Michael Meredith
Knowlton School of Architecture
Baumer Lecture Series
October 24, 2007

Michael Meredith work reminded me of the beauty and importance of pattern within architecture. Our early projects included water cut screens that mimicked patterns from the materials within the space: the folds of the drapers’, the texture within the rice paper. As our projects grew in size, form became a more driving force of the projects.  The layers of elements and the view through elements took precedence over pattern. His work has reawakened my interest to again consider how pattern is linked to the structure, the building.

I remember when 2d graphic computer programs started with simple morphing and repeating of objects. And, part of the SOM’s software AES had the beginning of text routines where one could create graphic objects, and the repetition and modification of these objects. At the time of the software’s development,  I also read an article about a professor writing a program that created the random pattern of a snails shell. I now see those ideas are now the use of parametric modeling.  And, how the link of parametric modeling and pattern is crucial unless we wish to repeat the paisley again and again.

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