Complexity machine 1 A 3D modeling application implementing behavioral simulation

Aaron L Westre

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Abstract

Complexity Machine1 isa softwareapplication developed by theauthor asa Master ofArchitecturethesisproject at theUniversity ofMinnesota. The software acts as a platform for exploring three dimensional form produced via behavioral simulation. Specifically, the behaviors are modeled on emergent group dynamics found commonly in nature such as flocking, chasing, and evading. Though various commercial softwares and numerous small-scale architectural projects exist in this area, Complexity Machine 1 is intended as a freely available and generic platform for exploring the formal implications of these emergent behaviors. The simulated behaviors are governed by a variety of parameters and a set of eight simple rules. Formal results are influenced by these parameters and rules; along with scale, color, and geometric settings. The flexibility of the software allows users to investigate a vast array of potential forms, adjust settings in real time, and export the results for further manipulation. Complexity Machine 1 continues to be refined and improved towards the goal of providing an easy to use platform to designers for exploring forms that emerge from complex group behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACADIA 08
Subtitle of host publicationSilicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Pages222-229
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture: Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation, ACADIA 08 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2008Oct 19 2008

Publication series

NameACADIA 08: Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

Other

Other28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture: Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation, ACADIA 08
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period10/16/0810/19/08

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    Westre, A. L. (2008). Complexity machine 1 A 3D modeling application implementing behavioral simulation. In ACADIA 08: Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (pp. 222-229). (ACADIA 08: Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture).