A New Beginning

Swarm Intelligence I haven't blogged for a year! Now I'm not really sure whether the exclamation point was there to emphasize the positive or negative bias of this statement, I'll let that keep it hanging.

So, it's time to start again, since this is a good chance to log my experiences for the coming three months which constitute my Final Project. Let's just admit, prematurely, that I probably won't be able to follow myself as much as I'd like to. But that doesn't stop me from trying, does it? It would be a nice thing to be able to look back on my thoughts during bright and dark moments, written in deep presence.

Today I've been starting up the actual work, which seems slightly hard to grasp considering the size of the site and the fact that I don't know what I'm doing. And there has been troubles. Firstly, whenever I try to import the rather extensive dwg into rhino, it fails and crashes. Out of memory. Well, with so many calculations, I guess it's easy to forget. But it is an important step. I really need to get started on a model, whether physical or 3D, in order to understand the space within which I'll be working. Once I have a rough model I can start planning how to make it physical. But that's just one part of the plan.

The next part of the plan is to start trying a few different digital tools. Yes, I'm familiar with grasshopper and I think I could start do some basic scripting, but I am also realizing that what I am attempting to do - simulating variations in differentiated modules over time - is actually closer to animation than parametrics. So that's why I'm going to spend a few days to get started on Processing, a "programming environment that was created to make it easier to develop visually oriented applications with an emphasis on animation and providing users with instant feedback through interaction." Sounds cryptic? Well I'm not too sure myself. But I thought it could be worth trying out before I decide to drop my initial ambitions and focus on a more analog approach.

So let us see where this could lead! I'm looking forward to updating on a more regular basis, maybe even daily. But no promises that I can't keep.