Soft Cast is a project based research explored by Minimaforms that looks towards a generative and behavioral model for architecture. Embracing an intimate engagement between organizational and material interaction, multi-agent based systems are deployed to create a population specific model of pattern based behavior. Through material agency forecast able signaling allows for iterative formations to exhibit hyper-specific environmental conditioning.
Soft Cast explores behavioral formation. Through an adaptive coupling of digital materialism, generative patterning and environmentally driven spatial agency, materiality is embraced as life-like, computable, and participatory agent of formation. Feedback and simulation opens ups a poly-scalar approach to soft system architecture that engages an intimate organizational correlation between materiality, computation and form.
Simulation based on behavioral research enables a structuring and continuous evolution of our architecture through a response within a host environment. Through phase change, material lifecycle and simulation based forecasting the research articulates what we describe as a form of digital materialism. This active feedback allows conventions of control, formation and form to be radically readdressed. This research allows for formation to be understood as a poly-scalar agent that could operate at the scale of the material contingency while simultaneously at the scale of the constructs’ spatial organization.
The focus of these proto-types examines textiles as a fully patterned enabled system that is light, performance driven and affordable. The research examines pattern behavior as a medium to express and enable materiality to actively participate in the process of forming. Pattern dynamics offers a means to explore through a coupling of scales and environmental conditions a transformative and adaptive system of response that can radically restructure itself through capacity to be a soft tensile based system with the capacity to transform into semi permanent / permanent a cast-able load bearing construct.
Case Study Application: JMP, Kjøsnesfjorden, Norway
Minimaforms proposes to create a land art intervention within Norway’s extreme Fjord landscapes. The proposal includes an integrated landscape and series of spatial constructs. Minimaforms’ proposal for JMP, Kjøsnesfjorden examines dynamism and uncertainty through atmosphere and formation. Our project will seek to harness the environment making the invisible visible through the expression of forces and fields of matter. As a landscape of curiosity our proposal will examine a distributed field based approach that fosters exploration, participation and play. Embedded with the landscape constructs will emerge through actions expressing the forces and phase change qualities found in material that manifest in the spatial tension of becoming. These spaces are conceived as inhabitable sculptures in the spirit of the late sixties land art movement.