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authors Peronto, John; Maschke, Ken; Sinn, Robert; Xu, Fei; Raines, Ben; Rehill, Dennis
year 2009
title Data Flow and Communication in the Design of Complex Architectural Forms
source ACADIA 09: reForm( ) - Building a Better Tomorrow [Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-9842705-0-7] Chicago (Illinois) 22-25 October, 2009), pp. 159-164
summary Recent advances in architectural and engineering technology have opened the door for complex architectural expression in today’s built environment. When pushing the envelope on geometric complexity, architects and engineers must begin a dialogue early on in the design process and communicate effectively throughout. Using digital models for communication, visualization, and analysis creates additional digital information that may need to be shared. Middleware provides interoperability between different software packages and facilitates the exchange of information. However, this does not exempt the partners from maintaining traditional lines of open communication. This paper will discuss the importance of open communication and demonstrate a strategy for sharing digital information. The case studies that will be presented are taken from design projects whose geometric complexity required close partnership between design team members. Effective communication will first be discussed in the context of three sculptural concept designs. Second, the interoperability of digital models will be discussed through a case study of a complex, faceted super-tall high-rise tower.
keywords Complex design, construction, collaboration, scripting, analysis
series ACADIA
type Normal paper
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