Zak Ziebell


21 years old. Studying painting, computer science, and philosophy at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Interested in landscapes, interfaces, and history.


A terrain generator/destroyer written in Java, using the Diamond-Square algorithm. Currently features several choices of landscape (alpine, desert, arctic, plains, islands, himalaya) along with destructible towns and trees. A custom algorithm is used generate the towns and place them on favorable parts of the map.

The beta version was submitted as a final project for my CS015 class, but it's still a work in progress. Collaborating with Javier Maldonado to reimplement it in C++ with OpenFrameworks instead of JavaFX, and a graph/node based structure instead of a grid. Planned features include rivers, roads, terrain deformation, and multiple biomes in one map.