Saturday, April 19, 2008


Finally back from several events and wanderings all over the place (Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Barcelona,...) - here is a first update on the prototype THEVERYMANY produced for Node08 / Frankfurt.

Its assembly has this time been a success (and hughe improvement since v1.0) as it took less than 24 hours & 2 people & 2 laptops to (re-)assemble the 360 panels and 320 nodes...

Once more demonstrating us "one better spend its time within development embedding assembly logic rather than waiting the material world to solve the fuzzines..."

(I will update the "information modeling" improvements on the previous post more focused on the digital back bone approach of the piece...)

"Aperiodic Vertebrae v2.0"
THEVERYMANY (project team: Marc Fornes / Skylar Tibbits)
NODE08 (
April 5th - 12th, Frankfurt / Germany

Many thanks to Eno Henze ( & the entire VVVV team ( for their invitation & sponsorship

Also many more thanks to our sponsors for the piece:

- Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. ( > provided us sheets of polyethylene (3/16″ thick)

- Continental Signs ( and Jared Laucks > CNC cut of the panels

- Dick Dunlop > laser cut of the 320 unique connections (3/16″ acryclic)

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Sunday, April 06, 2008


"Aperiodic Vertebrae v2.0"
(project team: Marc Fornes / Skylar Tibbits)
NODE08 (
April 5th - 12th, Frankfurt / Germany

Many thanks to Eno Henze ( & the entire VVVV team ( for their invitation & sponsorship

Like the form finding, all the panels, connections pieces and "helpers" coded strings engraved have all been 100% the result of a performative explicit protocol entirely coded in vb...
That part - even though presented down the row as a formal exercice / sculpture - has always been though from scratch as performative test / prototypical methodologie/process to convince further consulting work...

Here are the templates for CNC milling of the panels; 12 unique shapes only are much easier to nest (simple arrays) than all custom pieces...
Many thanks to Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. ( for providing the 7 sheets of polyethylene required (3/16″ thick)
Many thanks to Continental Signs ( and Jared Laucks for the CNC cut of those panels

Here are 5 (out of 7) templates for the connections to be laser cut on acrylic sheets (3/16″ thick) - total of 320 unique pieces
Many thanks to Dick Dunlop for the access to the laser cutter (3/16″ acryclic)

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(credits: original photos by Arkfinder via CONTEMPORIST)

[C]space is the winning competition entry in the ‘AADRLTen’ Pavilion project, an advanced technology concrete structure that will be erected in Bedford Square,London. The AADRL10 exhibition will open on the 22 February 2008 and the Pavilion will officialy open on 13 March 2008 along with the release of the DRL10 Book. The structure is being designed and developed by Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang with Adams Kara Taylor and members of the DRL. (

In advance of the work on site, the team built a 1:10 scale model to do a final check on the fit of all 850 peices. The model uses 3mm thick mdf, which is about twice the thickness of the real elements so the real structure will look even more delicate than the model.....but it will still come to around 30 tons of concrete and 7 tons of steel. (

This post is finally an update about a consultancy job done already quite some times ago now (last November!); THEVERYMANY was then asked by Alving Huang /[C]SPACE Pavilion to write some codes to generate all the assembly notches at the intersection of the structural members and automatically unroll their profiles; the different codes were finally wrapped up within a vb.NET plug-in.

(credits: original photo by photographer Philippe Brysse)


Alan Dempsey / Alvin Huang
Material Consultants: Wolfgang Rieder, Maria Pixner, Gerhard Enn,
Arnold Leiter, Bodo Röder
Structural Engineers: Hanif Kara, Reuben Brambleby,
Oliver Bruckermann, Jugatx Ansotegui
3D Scripting Consultants: Marc Fornes, Eugene Han
Construction Team: João Bravo da Costa, Arnold Leiter,
Aditya C Chandra, Alan Jinsoo Kim, Jwalant Mahadevwala,
Rashiq Muhammad Ali and current Phase 1 students, DRL V.11.1

Special respect to Alvin Huang for the quality of the design... and congrats to everyone else involved!!!