Skylar Tibbits


It is a rare architect who doesn’t want his buildings to be built. But Skylar Tibbits, a Philadelphia-based generative architect, experiments with new ways of creating space, and he doesn’t care whether or not his process yields habitable structures. Tibbits is interested in mathematical logic, and he develops algorithms that generate three-dimensional structures based on principles like fractals, recursion, and tessellation. Since he works directly from the math, Tibbits never knows what his end result will look like, and his designs rarely conform to conventional notions of buildings — one resembles a roller coaster, another looks like a pair of wings. “It’s never initially about developing space,” Tibbits says. “You’re developing relationships or organizations or scientific rules, and out of that comes space.” (source SeedMagazine)