University Of Greenwich Unit 15

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University Of Greenwich Unit 15

Unit 15 is a postgraduate MArch architecture unit run by Nic Clear at the University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape. Unit 15 specialise in using film, animation and motion graphics to generate, develop and represent architectural and spatial concepts and interventions.


  • Shaviro, Steven. – Post Cinematic Affect, Zero Books
  • Richard Martin, The Architecture of David Lynch
  • Paul Mason, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
  • Lefebvre, Henri. – The Production of Space, Blackwell, Oxford, 1991
  • Koolhaas, Rem. “Junkspace.” The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping. Ed. Chuihua Judy Chung, Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas, and Leong Sze Tsung. Cambridge MA: Taschen, 2001. 408-21
  • Jameson, Frederic. The Geo-Political Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, Indiana, 2009
  • Isozaki, Arata, Price Cedric. Taki, Koji. Osaka Follies, Architectural Association, 1991

University Of Greenwich Unit 15


The Digital Grotesque II project is a human-scale, highly ornamental grotto that was specifically designed to fully exploit the potentials of large-scale binderjet sand printing. It was guided by the search for new design instruments, and by a redefinition of the role of the computer vis-à-vis the architect. A new type of topological subdivision algorithm was devised that allowed not only the deformation and articulation of surfaces, but also the successive refinement of solid volumes. An orientable surface with genus 0 can evolve into a form with a genus of thousands – a single input volume can spawn millions of branches, with hundreds of metres of surface being compressed into a 3.5m high block that forms a landscape between the man-made and the natural.

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of computation to generate and fabricate architectural form. Recent projects include the Sixth Order’ installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the ‘Platonic Solids’ series, and the fabrication of full-scale 3D printed grottos for FRAC’s Archilab exhibition as well as for Centre Pompidou.