Despite the multifarious entities with some partial claim to authorship of a large construction project, the architect remains at the forefront in terms of formulating public legibility as the player empowered to decide both the structure of the organization giving rise to the project and the overarching aesthetic rules under which they operate.
"[If a] system is dynamic there has to be the ability to exchange information all the time. At all scales data is fed through and transformed...what begins as a small set of instructions is multiplied into a complex web.” (Cecil Balmond, Element, 7)
When applied to the volume requirements of the Seattle Public Library, Aranda - Lasch's cracking formula created the above façade. As ARUP is Aranda - Lasch's partner in constructing difficult geometries, I adapted one of their details to the geometries of this particular project.
The other geometrical process yielded a less constructable project; when I converted the Aranda - Lasch's tiling ruleset into a script, it yielded a collection of undevelopable surfaces; this outcome highlights one of the risks of formalist design.