OK…this is what the official blurb from Zaha Hadid Architects at the Biennale said:
For the past years the studio has been investigating the field of Parametricism. New ways of digitally generating intensive and extensive qualities and establishing intricate relationships within architectural systems and subsystems were explores, in order to form complex and coherent spatial arrangements […] Following up this research agenda, students have developed systematic catalogues of urban and architectural prototypes with regard to their semiological readability, in respect to the urban, spatial programmatic or social parameters deducted from the specific program. The design of these proto-architectural elements is based on the thorough research of different shell structures and their formal, spatial, technological and structural properties…
The installation “Arum” is a pleated metal structure derived from the work of German architect Frei Otto, who paved the way for material-structural form-finding processes.
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