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_id ijac201412407
id ijac201412407
authors Abdelmohsen, Sherif M.
year 2014
title An Inquiry into Designing in Context using Generative Systems
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 12 - no. 4, 477-494
summary The use of generative systems has been widely investigated in the architectural design process through different procedures and levels of autonomy to generate form.The digression from abstract pre- existing notions of vocabulary and rules – even when resulting in emergent forms – to address complex real- world contexts is yet a challenging undertaking.This paper explores incorporating context in the process of designing using generative systems from ideation to fabrication, and explores the relationship between the emergent nature of generative design and the situated act of designing while using generative design tools.A course offered for 3rd year architecture students at the Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University, Egypt, was designed for this purpose. 110 students employed systems including shape grammars, L- systems, fractals and cellular automata, to design and fabricate 8 group projects.A discussion around emergence and situatedness is presented, with special attention to the designing process from ideation to fabrication.
series journal
last changed 2019/05/24 07:55

_id acadia17_512
id acadia17_512
authors Rossi, Andrea; Tessmann, Oliver
year 2017
title Collaborative Assembly of Digital Materials
source ACADIA 2017: DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION [Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1] Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 512- 521
summary Current developments in design-to-production workflows aim to allow architects to quickly prototype designs that result from advanced design processes while also embedding the constraints imposed by selected fabrication equipment. However, the enduring physical separation between design space and fabrication space, together with a continuous approach to both design, via NURBs modeling software, and fabrication, through irreversible material processing methods, limit the possibilities to extend the advantages of a “digital” approach (Ward 2010), such as full editability and reversibility, to physical realizations. In response to such issues, this paper proposes a processto allow the concurrent design and fabrication of discrete structures in a collaborative process between human designer and a 6-axis robotic arm. This requires the development of design and materialization procedures for discrete aggregations, including the modeling of assembly constraints, as well as the establishment of a communication platform between human and machine actors. This intends to offer methods to increase the accessibility of discrete design methodologies, as well as to hint at possibilities for overcoming the division between design and manufacturing (Carpo 2011; Bard et al. 2014), thus allowing intuitive design decisions to be integrated directly within assembly processes (Johns 2014).
keywords material and construction; construction/robotics; smart assembly/construction; generative system
series ACADIA
email rossi@dg.tu-darmstadt.de
last changed 2017/10/17 09:13

_id sigradi2014_155
id sigradi2014_155
authors Andrade, Max; Cristina Matsunaga
year 2014
title Avaliação Automática de Valor no Processo de Projeto de Habitação de Interesse Social no Brasi [Alignment Automated Assessment of Value in Brazilian’s Housing Design]
source SiGraDi 2014 [Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics - ISBN: 978-9974-99-655-7] Uruguay - Montevideo 12 - 14 November 2014, pp. 393-397
summary The method proposed in this paper addresses the management of values and the cost estimate, based on target costing approach, and integrated with Building Information Model (BIM). This design method must incorporate mechanisms of automated assessment associated with desired value at cost during the design process. The paper will try to show, in brief, that there is a real possibility of inclusion of methodological tools of design, allowing assessment of values in real time during the design actions.
keywords Building Information Modeling; Desired value; Automatic Assessment; Target Costing
series SIGRADI
email max.andrade@ufpe.br
last changed 2016/03/10 08:47

_id ascaad2014_030
id ascaad2014_030
authors Langenhan, Christoph; Sahm Alexander; Petzold Frank; Seifert Arne and Teichert Astrid
year 2014
title Mobile Application to Collect Information About Architecture to Obtain a Collective Knowledge Base: 'ar:searchbox.app'
source Digital Crafting [7th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2014 / ISBN 978-603-90142-5-6], Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 31 March - 3 April 2014, pp. 375-382
summary During the early stages of the architectural design process, students and architects seek information for inspiration, and to evaluate design ideas or similar solutions. An essential part of design education therefore involves building up a knowledge base of already built or designed buildings. Most students gather such information by visiting or researching building designs, for example through photos taken on design studio field trips. These photos are used for studio work or archived for later use. The “ar:searchbox.app” aims to support this in two ways. Firstly, by supporting easy mobile information acquisition and sharing, as well as the semi-automatic derivation of high quality metadata; and secondly, by employing urban environment sensitive search and similarity-based browsing strategies to support mobile education as well as a web-based access to the information. To provide long-term access and to establish an information base that is not restricted to a single design studio, the “ar:searchbox.app” builds on our previous “ar:searchbox” project which uses a central media server called “mediaTUM” that provides a handling concept for flexible metadata schemas and scalable infrastructures.
series ASCAAD
email langenhan@tum.de
last changed 2016/02/15 12:09

_id ecaade2014_230
id ecaade2014_230
authors Tsung-Hsien Wang
year 2014
title Reasoning Spatial Relationships in Building Information Models using Voxels
source Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 465-471
summary This paper investigates a voxel-based approach to automate the space construction of an ill-defined building information model, namely, a building model without specific spatial definitions. The objective is to provide a simplified representation through clustering voxels to reconstruct spaces, with which a spatial topological algorithm is designed to infer the implicit connectivity. This approach is treated as the first step to automate building information exchange for building performance simulation and knowledge-intensive reasoning.
wos WOS:000361385100049
keywords Building information modelling; voxel; automatic building information exchange; topological spatial relationship
series eCAADe
email tsung-hsien.wang@sheffield.ac.uk
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id ecaade2014_096
id ecaade2014_096
authors Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe
year 2014
title Erratic - The Material Simulacra of Pliable Surfaces
source Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 145-152
summary This paper examines how designers can invigorate designs with a sense of liveliness and indeterminacy through manipulation of pliable materials. Two approaches to material manipulation are defined and juxtaposed in the paper: The control associated with Frei Otto's elegantly tensioned membranes and the noise associated with Sigurd Lewerentz's intensely material brick walls. These historical approaches become pertinent in relation to current opportunities offered by material simulation software in architecture. Simulation may be used to increase control over the materialization of design, but is at the same time a way to introduce the noise of real-time, real-world experiments into digital design. The paper presents this discussion in parallel with documentation of the research project 'Erratic', a recent installation carried out by the authors' practice Norell/Rodhe. Constructed from polyurethane cold foam, the project combines analogue experiments with digital simulations to target architectural qualities like mass, figuration and relief.
wos WOS:000361385100015
keywords Control; material manipulation; material simulation; noise; pliable surfaces
series eCAADe
email dnorell@kth.se
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id acadia14_417
id acadia14_417
authors Fox, Michael
year 2014
title Peristalsis: A Real-World Lesson in Adaptable Space
source ACADIA 14: Design Agency [Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 9781926724478]Los Angeles 23-25 October, 2014), pp.417-426
summary This paper outlines the design, prototyping and construction process of a dynamically morphing, spatially adaptable wedding hall / event space.
keywords Kinetic Design, Interactive Architecture, Arduino Prototyping, Adaptive Design, Adaptable Space, Performance in Design
series ACADIA
type Normal Paper
email mafox@foxlin.com
last changed 2014/09/29 05:51

_id ascaad2014_022
id ascaad2014_022
authors Kotsopoulos, Sotirios D.; Leonardo Giusti and Federico Casalegno
year 2014
title Designing Synchronous Interactions for the Fenestration System of a Prototype Sustainable Dwelling
source Digital Crafting [7th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2014 / ISBN 978-603-90142-5-6], Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 31 March - 3 April 2014, pp. 291-301
summary This paper presents an interactive fenestration system designed for the principal façade of a prototype sustainable dwelling. The system attains autonomous, responsive and interactive modes of operation, and is able to provide synchronous response to a wide variety of environmental conditions and user needs. The method to address the design of the system was to integrate electro-active materials and real time sensing and control technologies. The test was to implement a full-scale façade with the abovementioned capabilities. This presentation discusses the features, technologies and reasoning followed in the design and implementation of the façade.
series ASCAAD
email skots@mit.edu
last changed 2016/02/15 12:09

_id ijac201412304
id ijac201412304
authors Pak, Burak; Johan Verbeke
year 2014
title Geoweb 2.0 for Participatory Urban Design: Affordances and Critical Success Factors
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 12 - no. 3, 283-306
summary In this paper, we discuss the affordances of open-source Geoweb 2.0 platforms to support the participatory design of urban projects in real-world practices. We first introduce the two open-source platforms used in our study for testing purposes. Then, based on evidence from five different field studies we identify five affordances of these platforms: conversations on alternative urban projects, citizen consultation, design empowerment, design studio learning and design research. We elaborate on these in detail and identify a key set of success factors for the facilitation of better practices in the future.
series journal
last changed 2019/05/24 07:55

_id ecaade2014_157
id ecaade2014_157
authors Rodolfo F. Sánchez and Halil I. Erhan
year 2014
title Design ReExplorer: Interactive Design Narratives for Feedback, Analysis and Exploration
source Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 247-255
summary Designers keep a constant record of the design process through their sketches and notes. In parametric CAD, the record of design moves is implicit and can be found in the elements upon which the parametric model is built. Current systems provide designers with limited tools for recording, viewing or analyzing the design process. We propose a system's approach to capture the design narrative as an artefact for design. The Design ReExplorer was developed to test ideas on using these narratives in gaining insights towards how models are built, exploring alternatives and supporting backtracking and deferral strategies in design exploration. We evaluate its insertion and viability in real-world scenarios through an expert panel study. The results of the study are favourable with positive feedback and multiple suggestions for future work.
wos WOS:000361384700024
keywords Parametric computer aided design; design history; design cognition; design process
series eCAADe
email rsanchez@sfu.ca
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id ecaade2015_143
id ecaade2015_143
authors Symeonidou, Ioanna
year 2015
title Flexible Matter - A Real-Time Shape Exploration Employing Analogue and Digital Form-Finding of Tensile Structures
source Martens, B, Wurzer, G, Grasl T, Lorenz, WE and Schaffranek, R (eds.), Real Time - Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 16-18 September 2015, pp. 135-142
summary The paper presents a research on real-time shape exploration employing analogue and digital form-finding and concludes with a proposal for a teaching methodology that led to an intensive student workshop which took place at Graz University of Technology during 2014. The aim was to experiment with analogue and digital tools in parallel, counter-informing the design process. The experiments involved physical form-finding following the tradition of Frei Otto at the Institute of Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart as well as computational form-finding employing mainly dynamic relaxation techniques of spring-particle systems. The combination of techniques and methodologies eventually led to a feedback loop across different media that explored both qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the projects at hand. By establishing feedback between digital media and physical prototypes, the creative process is immediately informed by the material characteristics and properties which in turn give rise to a real-time exploration of form.Simulations of physical forces for architectural form generation are increasingly gaining ground in architectural education as there is a broad selection of computational tools readily available that allow quick experiments to be conducted.
wos WOS:000372316000017
series eCAADe
email ioanna.symeonidou@gmail.com
more https://mh-engage.ltcc.tuwien.ac.at/engage/ui/watch.html?id=12e288be-6e8c-11e5-a73c-5fc23ebf2095
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id ecaade2014_151
id ecaade2014_151
authors Zeta (Georgia) Kachri and Sean Hanna
year 2014
title Parasitic Ecologies - Algorithmic Space through Diffusion-Limited Aggregation of Truncated Octahedrons
source Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 539-546
summary Parasitic architecture allows the creation of flexible structures that feed off existing infrastructure. Additionally, self-organised models that grow in response to environmental forces and adapt to their context introduce new ways for intervening in architectural design. This paper investigates the properties of self-organised parasitic structures that evolve by creating aggregation forms in the context of simulated structural environments. The growth process of the parasitic structures is inspired by the fungal colonies and is based on the rules of diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) extended to support real-time force analysis and aggregation of space-filling geometry. The results of the simulations demonstrate that the developed diffusion-limited aggregation of truncated octahedrons is capable of providing self-sustained structures able to adapt in environments with different spatial limitations.
wos WOS:000361385100056
keywords Adaptive structural models; parasitic architecture; diffusion-limited aggregation; self-organisation, java
series eCAADe
email zeta.kachri@archtech.gr
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id ecaade2016_048
id ecaade2016_048
authors Abramovic, Vasilija and Achten, Henri
year 2016
title From Moving Cube to Urban Interactive Structures - A case study
source Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 661-668
summary When thinking about the future vision of a city, having in mind recent development in digital technologies and digital design tools we are inclined to expect new building structures which incorporate this technology to better help us manage the complexity of life, and to simplify our daily lives and tasks. The idea behind this research paper lies in design of such structures, which could be put inside an urban context and engage in creating a built environment that can add more to the quality of life. For us Interactive architecture is architecture that is responsive, flexible, changing, always moving and adapting to the needs of today. The world is becoming more dynamic, society is constantly changing and the new needs it develops need to be accommodated. As a result architecture has to follow. Spaces have to become more adaptive, responsive and nature concerned, while having the ability for metamorphosis, flexibility and interactivity. Taken as a starting point of this idea is a specific module from graduation project in 2014 "The Unexpected city", where it was possible to test out first ideas about interactive and flexible objects in an urban environment.
wos WOS:000402063700071
keywords Flexible architecture; Interactive architecture; Responsive systems
series eCAADe
email vasilijaabramovic@gmail.com
last changed 2017/06/28 08:46

_id ascaad2014_036
id ascaad2014_036
authors Assassi, Abdelhalim; Belal Taher and Samai Rachida
year 2014
title Intelligent Digital Craft to Recognize Spatial Installations for Residential Designs
source Digital Crafting [7th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2014 / ISBN 978-603-90142-5-6], Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 31 March - 3 April 2014, pp. 195-196; 443-456
summary Architecture took an evolutionary context over time, where designers were interested in finding pragmatic spontaneous appropriate solutions and met the needs of people in urban and architectural spaces. Whereas, in modern architecture an intense and varied competition happens between architects through various currents of thoughts , schools and movements, however, that creativity was the ultimate goal , and a the same time we find that every architect distinguishes himself individually or collectively through tools of architectural expression and design representation adopting a school of thought, using , for example, the leaves of various sizes and diverse technical drawing tools to accurately show that he can be read by professionals or craftsmen outside the geographical scope to which it belongs .With the rapid technological development which accompanied the digital craft in the contemporary world , The digital craft summed up time, distance and tools , so they gave the concept more appropriate accuracy , as virtualization has become the most effective tool for Architecture To reach the ideal and typical results at the practical level, or pure research. At the level of residential design and on the grounds that housing plays an important role in the government policies and given that housing is a basic unit common to all urban communities on earth , the use of different programs to show its typicality in two dimensions or in the third dimension - for example, using software "AutoCAD " " 3D Max " , " ArchiCAD " ... etc. - gave virtualisation smart, creative and beautiful forms which lead to better understand the used /or to be used residential spaces, and thus the conclusion that the life system of dwelling under design or under study , as can specifically recognize spatial structure in housing design - using digital software applying "Space Syntax" for example - in the shadow of slowly growing digital and creative development with the help of high-speed computers . the morphological structure of the dwelling is considered to be the most important contemporary residential designs Investigation through which the researcher in this area aims to understand the various behavioral relations and social structures within the projected residential area, using Space Syntax techniques. Through the structural morphology of dwellings can be inferred quality networks, levels of connectivity and depth and places of openness or closure within the dwelling under study, or under design. How, then, have intelligently contributed this digital craft to the perception of those spatial fixtures ? The aim of this research is to apply an appropriate program in the field of vernacular residential design and notably Space syntax which relate to the understanding and analysis of spatial structures, and also demonstrate its role at the morphological and spatial structure aspects, and prove how effective it helps to understand the social logic of domestic space through social individual/collective relationships and behaviors projected on the spatial configurations of dwellings. The answer to the issue raised above and at the methodological aspect, the study discussed the application of space syntax techniques on the subject. The findings tend to prove the efficiency by comparing samples of Berber vernacular domestic spaces from the Mzab, the Aures and Kabilya in Algeria, and has also led to ascertain the intelligibility of space syntax techniques in reading the differences between the behaviors in domestic spaces in different areas of the sample through long periods of time .
series ASCAAD
email abdelhalim.assassi@gmail.com
last changed 2016/02/15 12:09

_id caadria2014_099
id caadria2014_099
authors Koh, Immanuel
year 2014
title Generative-Glass: Prototyping Generative Architectural Systems with Artisan’s Glass-Blowing and Automated Digital Fabrication Techniques
source Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 389–398
summary This paper aims to investigate the ways in which the traditional processes of glassblowing techniques could be incorporated with contemporary generative design processes in the realization of new novel architectural systems. Pedagogical issues on how such prototyping processes could be better integrated within architectural education are also discussed. With the use of algorithmic design methodology to generate/visualize the components assembled in multitudes and digital fabrication machineries to produce the necessary moulds/jigs/tools/connection joints, a series of 5 different glass prototypes have been actualized at the scale of 1:1 or otherwise. The work is the direct outcome of a new programme founded and directed by the author as part of the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture‘s Visiting School in 2013. Part 1 briefly introduces the specific agenda and how the corresponding structure of the programme is designed to facilitate the glass research work done concurrently at the digital fabrication laboratory and glassblowing studio. Part 2 would systematically discuss in detail the design of each of the 5 main glass prototypes made, presented alongside photographs and diagrams to illustrate the prototypes’ respective assembly and fabrication logics. Part 3 would evaluate the work done and project plans for the next iteration of the research in 2014.
keywords Glass; Digital Fabrication; Generative Design; Traditional Crafts
series CAADRIA
email immanuel.koh@aaschool.ac.uk
last changed 2014/04/22 08:23

_id ecaade2014_060
id ecaade2014_060
authors Koki Akiyoshi and Hiroya Tanaka
year 2014
title Local-reconfigurable Freeform surface with plywood - From the perspective of Japanese Tsugite-Shiguchi
source Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 527-535
summary This research exhibits a novel construction method for Freeform surfaces with plywood, without using metal joints and bending. By introducing the perspective of Japanese Tsugite-Shiguchi, the research aims for a drastic change from node-oriented thinking to module-oriented thinking. This paper focuses on the investigation of how to simplify fabrication processes, how to realize the environmental capabilities of Freeform wood structures, and how to provide redundancy and stability to the whole architectural system. In order to challenge these problems, we examined three discretion methods. As a result, we have been successful to produce a double-layered surface, filled with triangular mesh, implemented only by cutting one sheet of plywood. Moreover, the system has also acquired a new nature: local-reconfigurability, wherein it can react and adapt to fit local parameters and requirements.
wos WOS:000361384700052
keywords Digital fabrication; freeform timber; without metal and bending; discrete surface; minimal components for mega-assembly
series eCAADe
email kokiaki@sfc.keio.ac.jp
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id acadia14_189
id acadia14_189
authors Robeller, Christopher; Mayencourt, Paul; Weinand, Yves
year 2014
title Snap-fit Joints: CNC fabricated, integrated mechanical attachment for structural wood panels
source ACADIA 14: Design Agency [Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 9781926724478]Los Angeles 23-25 October, 2014), pp. 189-198
summary Snap-fit joints are new to the building sector, but commonly used in other domains. This paper presents an adaptation of such connectors for the edgewise jointing of timber panels.
keywords Snap-fit Joints, Tab-and-slot Joints, Design for Assembly, Structural Wood Panels, Folded Plate Structures, CNC Fabrication, Digital fabrication and construction
series ACADIA
type Normal Paper
email christopher.robeller@epfl.ch
last changed 2014/09/29 05:51

_id acadia14_311
id acadia14_311
authors Crolla, Kristof; Williams, Nicholas
year 2014
title Smart Nodes: A System for Variable Structural Frames with 3D Metal-Printed Nodes
source ACADIA 14: Design Agency [Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 9781926724478]Los Angeles 23-25 October, 2014), pp. 311-316
summary The SmartNodes research explores the potentials for highly-designed, customized connection nodes to be used in combination with standardized components in enabling a system of highly differentiated structures. This paper reports on the design workflow and research in progress towards the development of a prototype structure.
keywords 3D Metal Printing, Frame Structures, Embedded Intelligence, Digital Manufacturing, Mass-Customization, Digital Design Workflow, Works in Progress.
series ACADIA
type Normal Paper
email kristof.crolla@l-e-a-d.pro
last changed 2014/09/29 05:51

_id caadria2014_118
id caadria2014_118
authors Herr, Christiane M. and Thomas Fischer
year 2014
title A Notation to Aid Column and Beam Layout Design for Reinforced Concrete Construction in China
source Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 399–408
summary In this paper we report on the ongoing development of a toolkit to support the design of column and beam layouts for reinforced concrete structures in China. We present a visual, human- and machine-readable notation for architects and structural engineers to rapidly model column and beam layouts, as well as our underlying considerations. In conjunction with the toolkit, which consists of a CAD package, an editor, a parser, and an interpreter, the notation addresses aspects of local construction practice and supports design considerations including appearance, structural viability, constructability, and cost.
keywords Generative design; structural design; local materialisation; concrete; China; cost evaluation
series CAADRIA
email Christiane.Herr@xjtlu.edu.cn
last changed 2014/04/22 08:23

_id caadria2014_173
id caadria2014_173
authors Lim, Jason; Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler
year 2014
title Robotic Metal Aggregations
source Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 159–168
summary The recent convergence of computational design and digital fabrication has made new forms of architectural materialization possible. A workshop conducted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology investigated how differentiated lightweight metal structures may be designed and fabricated under these new conditions. The workshop aim was to complete three such structures; each one is aggregated from aluminum profiles that are robotically assembled according to computationally driven geometric logics. The key challenge was to enable participants, assumed to lack programming and robotic fabrication experience, to design and construct their structures within imposed time constraints. This paper describes the subsequent development of accessible computational design tools and a robust robotic fabrication method for the workshop, and highlights the key decisions taken with their implementation. The workshop results are discussed and the design tools evaluated with respect to them. The paper concludes by recommending an approach to developing computational design tools which emphasizes the importance of usability and integration with the fabrication process.
keywords Robotic fabrication; computational design; visual programming; lightweight structures
series CAADRIA
email jason.lim@arch.ethz.ch
last changed 2014/04/22 08:23

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