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Michael Hansmeyer    


Classical architecture is defined by "orders" -- ways to connect a column to a building, to articulate the joining of materials and structural forces.

Colloquially, these orders are based on elemental forms: the tree trunk, the plank, the scroll, the leaf.

Michael Hansmeyer is adding a new elemental form: the subdivision algorithm.

He turns his math and programming skills to making ornate, organic, hyperdetailed columns generated from lines of code and then comped up in cross-sections of cardboard, almost as if they're being 3D printed.

His latest work with cupolas and domes is even more mesmerizing, like looking deep inside an organic form of near-unbearable complexity.

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