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_id ijac20075404
id ijac20075404
authors Wierzbicki, Madalina N.; de Silva, Clarence W.
year 2007
title Design Tools for Foldable Structures with Application of Fuzzy Logic
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 5 - no. 4, pp. 645-662
summary Rigidly foldable shells offer tremendous potential for developing kinetic architectural structures. However, the added element of motion poses new design challenges. Initially, sketchy shell geometry is constructed to reflect the intended form. Further steps involve assuring an error free folding within a range that satisfies desired functional requirements. The kinematics of a parallel topology of the shell's geometry is difficult to express algorithmically what prevents from developing of automated adjustment tools based on computational methods. The geometry can be adjusted manually based on intuitive observations; however the process is tedious, time consuming and unpredictable. This paper develops automated adjustment tools based on the intuitive approach of a human designer. The study applies the fuzzy logic formalism as a computational interface between human approach and structured adjustments to the geometry. The advantages of fuzzy logic stem from its natural ability to represent human knowledge and effectiveness in reconciling ambiguities, uncertainties and redundancies that the intuitive human approach brings along. The development steps of fuzzy logic based algorithm are presented. Performed evaluation tests and the results are discussed.
series journal
last changed 2008/02/25 19:30

_id ecaade2012_124
id ecaade2012_124
authors Wierzbicki-Neagu, Madalina ; Silva, Clarence Wilfred de
year 2012
title Application of Fuzzy Logic for Optimizing Foldable Freeform Geometries: An example of a practical application – a foldable window shade
source Achten, Henri; Pavlicek, Jiri; Hulin, Jaroslav; Matejovska, Dana (eds.), Digital Physicality - Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1 / ISBN 978-9-4912070-2-0, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture (Czech Republic) 12-14 September 2012, pp. 709-717.
summary This paper concerns the current discourse on computer-aided design tools for architectural design. There are drawbacks of purely analytic design tools which hinder a system-level, end-effect oriented ideation. For instance, most freeform quadrilateral meshes are fully constrained and therefore not capable of folding. They can only fold under special circumstances – when their geometry satisfi es the conditions of over-constrained kinematics. However, such intent of folding cannot be captured using simple modeling based on parameters and constraints. Furthermore, algorithmization of mesh kinematics using formulas is infl exible, it cannot handle topological variations, and it inhibits the interactive control of the model. In this paper, a fuzzy logic algorithm which uses a goal-oriented, human-like reasoning to control the parametric model is proposed. The algorithm applies easily observable behaviors of the geometry to adjust the selected patches until the entire shell can be folded. The algorithm relies on designer-observable characteristics of motion rather than on formulaic representations. Such approach directs the designers’ focus on the desired outcome while avoiding the drawbacks of analytic modeling of complex kinematics.
wos WOS:000330322400075
keywords Folding structures; fuzzy logic; intent-driven design; freeform quadrilateral mesh
series eCAADe
email madalina@interchange.ubc.ca
last changed 2014/04/14 11:07

_id acadia07_250
id acadia07_250
authors Wierzbicki-Neagu, Madalina; de Silva, Clarence W.
year 2007
title Development of Design Workflows for Kinetic Structures Using Fuzzy Logic
source Expanding Bodies: Art • Cities• Environment [Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture / ISBN 978-0-9780978-6-8] Halifax (Nova Scotia) 1-7 October 2007, 250-261
summary Kinetic structures offer the means to significantly expand the functional and performance features of traditionally static architectural solutions. However, the added element of motion creates considerable challenges during conceptualization and introduction into existing design workflows. Rigidly foldable shells offer tremendous potential for developing kinetic architectural structures. They require few support points, eliminate sliding overlaps and are relatively easy to mock up as initial concepts. Achieving the desired motion range, however, requires a significant design effort. If performed manually, the motion optimization is tedious and unpredictable. This paper examines possible optimization algorithmic strategies with the use of fuzzy logic. Specifically the paper focuses on the application of fuzzy logic as a tool for effectively negotiating modifications of complex linked geometries while using intuitive, high level statements and directives. Highlighted is the potential of fuzzy logic-based algorithms as tools that can help the transition of existing design workflows into environments that can handle extended challenges involving kinetic geometries.
series ACADIA
email madalina@interchange.ubc.ca
last changed 2007/10/02 06:14

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