University of Southern California / School of Cinematic Arts
Alex McDowell, Ye Tian
World Building, Generative Design, Game of Life, Cellular Automata
Description: Tetra Forming is a study on combining the notion of world building with the world of gaming and the concept of computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. Worldbuilding or conworlding is the process of constructing a fictitious world, sometimes associated with a whole fictional universe. It is a metaphoric vehicle that allows us to imagine a set of problems and contextualize them within a worldview. We investigate this topic as a potential empowering tool that can provide us with a new set of tools and skills to contextualize and tackle design problems. Therefore we use it as metaphor to create the design space upon which we develop a non linear computational design scenario. This approach combines gaming theory (Game of Life), with basic tectonic and geometric principles as well as the real time user experience via Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE).