id 
acadia10_196 
authors 
Tenu, Vlad 
year 
2010 
title 
Minimal Surfaces as Selforganizing Systems 
source 
ACADIA 10: LIFE in:formation, On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture [Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 9781450734714] New York 2124 October, 2010), pp. 196202 
summary 
Minimal surfaces have been gradually translated from mathematics to architectural design research due to their fascinating geometric and spatial properties. Tensile structures are just an example of their application in architecture known since the early 1960s. The present research relates to the problem of generating minimal surface geometries computationally using selforganizing particle spring systems and optimizing them for digital fabrication. The algorithm is iterative and it has a different approach than a standard computational method, such as dynamic relaxation, because it does not start with a predefined topology and it consists of simultaneous processes that control the geometry’s tessellation. The method is tested on triply periodic minimal surfaces and focused on several fabrication techniques such as a tensegrity modular system composed of interlocked rings (Figure 1). 
keywords 
Minimal Surfaces 
series 
ACADIA 
type 
normal paper 
email 
tzenuvlad@hotmail.com 
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