As apart of the Beijing Design week 2013, students of the Laboratory of Computational Design (LCD), designed the installation “As Autumn Leaves (AAL)”. It’s based around the transitional conditions that surround the change in season, this being the weather conditions and the physical appearance of the landscape. AAL uses this change to influence the thinking of those moving throughout the installation, by stimulating their memory and emotions.

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As the overall design was fabricated using parametric designing tools, the students studied geometric growth to further understand how patterns grow using the logic of nature. Applying it to their work aided them in creating a structure both visually pleasing and structurally sound.

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Starting the construction process, each component where digitally fabricated and cut using a laser cutter. Various sections where pre-assembled, for an easy assembly on site.

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The location in which the installation sits is the historic Hutong district of Beijing at the entrance of the Dashilar factory. As this is where aspiring artist present their designs, having the AAL within that space, can work their advantage.

By Shanaire Blythe

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