The Seed Salon

Paola Antonelli + Benoit Mandelbrot

While studying architecture at the Politecnico in Milan in the 1970s, Paola Antonelli was inspired by Benoit Mandelbrot’s geometric ideas and visualizations, and eventually wrote her thesis on "Fractal Architecture." The two met for the first time last year when Antonelli invited Mandelbrot to a Seed/MoMA Salon, a monthly gathering of scientists, designers, and architects. Just before Antonelli’s new Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit opened at MoMA, they reconnected to discuss fractals, architecture, and the death of Euclid.

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