Exploration MSS3 Fall 2021

Rasmus Canfjorden


The first conclusion to be drawn from designing and fabricated the different ornaments shown in this work is that digital does not have to imply a step away from control of the process or its constituent parts. While digital design tools are powerful in letting computers do laboursome and difficult calculations and operations, the creative process is in itself not necessarily dictated by this ability. During the iterative design process of this work, making this distinction became a way of taking ownership of the design outcome.

However, relating to the initial statement that toolbox and creativity are in close conversation, this becomes very apparaent when working with digital tools. Depending on how the software is written, certain geometries might be easier to produce than others and so there is a tendency to follow the route that the chosen design tool is suggesting. To conciously work with this unavoidable truth however, it can be effective to initially allow the design process to be dictated by these tendencies. This is a way of understanding the anatomy of the program better, so that next time, one can challenge the tool more consciously pushing it in a slightly new direction.

Since there is no suggested implementation of the ornaments made in this project in a larger architectural context, it is difficult to compare them to the examples shown in first chapter of this booklet. From the readings, it became obvious that both the role and the expression of the ornament is changing along with the development of new digital design tools and materials.While the produced ornaments might not challenge the potential role of the ornament, they instead attempt to show how digital tools and fabrication methods, and more importantly, their effects can be used to explore new aesthetic values.

In this exploration, the digital expression of the original mesh has been exploited to emphasize the methods with which these ornaments are produced. On the contrary, the manipulations made to the geometry has been very much based on intuition and personal preference and taste in attempt to maintain a noticeable human element to the resulting ornaments.