With ‘biothing’ the New York based architect Alisa Andrasek founded a trans-disciplinary lobratory that focuses on the generative potential of computational systems for design. Her major intrest is the analysis of self organising and adaptive systems, which can become manifest in different scales.
Different biothing works are currently showcased within the ‘Elle’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and in a solo exhibition at the FRAC-Center in Orléans.
“For the Seroussi Pavilion we looked into self-modifying patterns of vector fields based on behaviors of electro-magnetic fields (EMF). The logics of attraction/repulsion were computed in plan and than “lifted” via series of structural micro-arching sections through different frequencies of the sine function. Additional feature built into our script allows for local adaptation to the site in regards to the section – given that the pavilion is implanted into a quite steep hill EMF trajectories needed to “find the ground”.”
Andrasek graduated from the University of Zagreb, and holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She has taught architecture studios and theory seminars at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Pratt Institute, and has lectured at architecture schools in the U.S. and internationally. Andrasek was co-winner of the Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition, 2005 and received the FEIDAD Design Merit Award, 2004.