Designer joins forces with algorithm for new bridge
Arturo Tedeschi’s latest parametric design Cloudbridge spans two mountainsides
Arturo Tedeschi is at the boundary where architecture meets computers, and it’s a boundary he’s been pushing. A trained architect and computational designer, his favourite subject is parametric design, which in a nutshell involves creating a diagram with software, giving it some instructions, and seeing what sort of shape comes about.
In the case of Tedeschi’s latest ‘experiment’, the shape is lozenge. It’s a latticed, cloud-like bridge concept spanning – or seemingly floating between - a couple of mountainsides. The Cloudbridge was created by in-putting the dimensions, weights, construction constraints, shape and length of the path Tedeschi and his colleagues had fed into the computer. While the methodology may be super-scientific, the resulting form looks positively organic.
Tedeschi, who is in his mid-30s, could be said to live a life parametric. He teaches and lectures on the subject, and has co-designed a parametric installation in Rome, as well as a pair of parametrically-challenging stillettos. Probably not the best footwear for the Cloudbridge. If you like what you see, you should take a look at The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture, and if you're off on a business or social trip anytime soon make sure you download The Phaidon Architecture Travel Guide App.