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id acadia13_311
authors Maxwell, Iain; Pigram, David; McGee, Wes
year 2013
title The Novel Stones of Venice: The Marching Cube Algorithm as a Strategy for Managing Mass-customisation
source ACADIA 13: Adaptive Architecture [Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-1-926724-22-5] Cambridge 24-26 October, 2013), pp. 311-318
summary The Marching Cube (MC) algorithm is a simple procedural routine for the surface representation of three- dimensional scalar fields. While much has been written of the algorithmís efficiencies and adaptive nature within the domain of computer graphics and imaging, little has been explored within the context of architectural geometry and fabrication. This paper posits a novel implementation of the MC algorithm coupled with robotic fabrication (RF) techniques, to realise an open-ended design method that approaches mass-customisation as the unique geometric distortion of a finite set of topologically consistent families of tectonic elements.The disciplinary consequences of this and similar methods that intimately couple algorithmic design techniques with robotic fabrication are discussed. These include the re-affirmation or expansion of the role of the architect as master builder that is enabled by challenging Leon Battista Albertiís 15th Century division between design concept and building.The method and its disciplinary potentials are illustrated through the description of an installation built by the authors for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Clouds of Venice serves as a case study for a new integrated mode of production, one that increases the quality and number of feedback relations between design, matter and making.
keywords tools and interfaces, mass-customisation, robotic fabrication, algorithmic architecture, marching cube, digital fabrication
series ACADIA
type Normal Paper
email iain.maxwell@uts.edu.au
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