March 2, 2011 AT 8:33 am

The World’s Most Complex Architecture: Cardboard Columns With 16 Million Facets

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The World’s Most Complex Architecture: Cardboard Columns With 16 Million Facets @ Co.Design….

Michael Hansmeyer uses algorithms invented by Pixar and painstaking handicraft to generate columns with dizzying detail. When people mistake photographs of your physical prototypes for computer renderings, you know you’ve achieved something amazing. That’s exactly what happened when Michael Hansmeyer showed off his “computational architecture” column, created by iterating a subdivision algorithm over and over again and then fabricating it out of cardboard.

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