Parametric modeling is becoming ever more popular in the architecture world, both for the ways in which it can lead academic discourse and for its ability to generate façade and surface articulation. Of course, at an architectural scale, there are some limits in detail through parametric modeling, with the built component often lacking the fineness of a 3D model, whether because the tools used have certain tolerances or because time requirements are outlandish. For this reason, many parametric designers prefer to remain in the digital world.
And there are many wonderful projects to be found in that world, including Tom Beddard’s experiments with fractals. In this set, called Fabergé Fractals, Beddard creates 3D models and derives renderings from them. The artist has this to say:
The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.
The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural “resonances” of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation.