Turing patterns


When I was looking trough the microscope I realized that almost everything is build up from the same tiny pieves (cells). Ofcourse I knew this but to realize that everything starts with even more tiny particles and grow to bigger constructions fascinates me.

For a while I was wondering if it was coincidence that the patterns I saw trough the microscope  where almost the same as shapes you see back in nature, and especially the sea.

well, it isn’t. I found a book about this phenomenon from Alan Turing called ‘The chemical basis of morphogenesis”

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Wanderers – Digitally grown 3d printed wearables that could embed living matter

Neri oxman

Wanderers is a collaborative project between Neri Oxman (and the team at the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab), Christoph Bader & Dominik Kolb (Deskriptiv) to create four digitally grown and 3d printed wearables that could embed living matter. The teams are working on a computational growth process which is capable of producing a wide variety of growing structures. Inspired by natural growth behaviour, the computational process creates shapes that adapt to their environment. Starting with a seed, the process simulates growth by continuously expanding and refining its shape. The wearables are designed to interact with a specific environment characteristic of their destination and generate sufficient quantities of biomass, water, air and light necessary for sustaining life: some photosynthesize converting daylight into energy, others bio-mineralize to strengthen and augment human bone, and some fluoresce to light the way in pitch darkness.

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I talked a lot about what I wanted over the past few weeks and started to search the web. I found a really good “thing” that could be the ground to build on.

What really fascinated me was how natural things grow and are build. Is it predictable? Can we influence it to create new shapes? I know we can but can I do this?

I didn’t know where to start but I found the term “morphology” what seems to question and research the same fields as where I want to be in.

“Morphology is a branch of biology dealing with the study of the form and structure of organisms and their specific structural features. This includes aspects of the outward appearance (shape, structure, colour, pattern,size), i.e., external morphology (eidonomy) as well as the form and structure of the internal parts like bones and organs, i.e., internal morphology or anatomy

I’m going to search for the book “metamorphosis of plants” from Goethe and see where it takes me.