Inspiration

Alice in Algorythm is a project inspired by Alice in Wondland and more particularly the garden and the various experiences that happen there and the installation by Christo and Jeanne Claude – Wrapped trees.

Function

We envision having a variety of different tree structures that could be interconnected through zip lines or other sorts of passages and the trees could have different functions. For example they could be used as – viewing platform, climbing wall, zip line and other entertainment/ sports activities. 

Script

Through parametric L-systems script we created different iterations of the shape with various branches, sizes, heights, thicknesses etc.

Panelization

The next step was to penalize one structure and use the shortest path algorithm to achieve this. After that, we had to manufacture the shape in a paper model. Initially, we got very uneven strips that we had to regularize and also make fit to A4 paper. We optimized the stips with Galapagos to more even lengths. We set the maximum length to 11 to be able also to fit in A4 size. 

The next step was to tag all strips with start and end tags so we could easily connect these stips later. To be able to manufacture a paper model, we also used an offset to create tabs to stitch the pieces together.

We also experimented with the sizes for metal laser cutters that would be most likely the material used if this project was to be built in real life. We used Open Nest to place the pieces on sheets of 2m by 6m. 

Structure

Depending on the functions of the shape it could be possibly designed to be self-sustaining without a secondary structure, but in the case of climbing walls a secondary structure would be most likely required.

Credits:
Alice in Algorythm is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Algorithmic Optimization Seminar 2020/21 by Students: Amar Gurung & Polina Hadjimitova and Faculty David Andrés Leon and faculty assistant Dai Kandil.