Developmental Morphology: X, Y & Z Coordination as a Dynamic and Generative Cellular Process

Manuel A. Báez
Meeting Alhambra, ISAMA-BRIDGES Conference Proceedings (2003)
Pages 465–472


The architectural work-in-progress titled the Phenomenological Garden has been exploring the morphological and integrative potential of the cellular units generated by fundamental processes within natural phenomena. As part of the overall objectives of this project and the Forms Studies Unit at Carleton University's School of Architecture, students in the Crossings Workshop have been carrying out these explorations through projects that incorporate hands-on procedures derived from the research. The inherent properties of the cellular units, along with the nature of the materials and processes involved in these projects, allow for a generative and intuitive learning process to occur. Previously, the generative dynamics of two-dimensional cellular units have been explored. This paper presents the work that has emerged from the exploration of the X, Y and Z coordinate system as a fundamentally dynamic relationship within a generative cellular process.