Author : Yong Ha Kim

University : Southern California Institute of Architecture

Status : MArch, 2013

Advisor : Hernan Diaz Alonso

Title : Biological Growth

The Metabolism is a basic system of creature which has own perfect biological system.   It is also a fundamental discipline for the biological growth.   And there are a lot of processes in biological growth of  creature, also creature has been transformed a lot in each process by this metabolism with having a certain relationship with other creature.   The basic principle of biological growth is a continuous transformation and improvement by repeated fundamental processes and by time.



Combination  (Aggregation)




(Metabolism, 1960 ~ 1970)

In architecture, these biological growth could be operated as a catalyst in order to create the animated geometry.   This catalyst gives a repeated stimulus to the process in architecture and the fundamentals process in architecture  ( from particle to line,   from line to surface,  from surface to line,  from line to particle,  from particle to surface) will be happened sequentially by time as the biological growth in nature.   These morphological transition could become a reality in the physical world by changing material effect.   And the material effect gives an architecture the multiple ontology which are created during the biological growth.   The continuous biological growth could be realized in architecture by repeated fundamental processes.

The thesis is to introduce the biological growth in architecture and design process in order to animate natural geometry by using the notion of time.   The animated geometry from these process could be transformed and improved continuously as a certain creature in nature.  This biological growth has a possibility to give an architect a kind of selective process by real time.

The project is for a new train station.   The new train station will be a 3-dimensional gardening Los Angeles through the biological growth. This building fused ideas about architectural mega-structure with those of organic biological growth in urban space.