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id cf2013_130
authors Yuan, Philip F.; Eleni Sotiriou, and Mei Zhang
year 2013
title Modular Digital Tectonics: Algorithmic Optimization of a Glass Component Wall for a Customized Fabrication Method
source Global Design and Local Materialization[Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures / ISBN 978-3-642-38973-3] Shanghai, China, July 3-5, 2013, pp. 130-138.
summary This paper examines the implications of digital fabrication techniques on design and tectonics, through the example of a double-curvature glass-brick wall, designed and constructed in the context of ongoing research on modular tectonics by the architectural practice of Archi-Union. The high level of form complexity posed a great challenge for fabrication and gave rise to an alternate solution: customization and prefabrication of the supporting steel frame through a CNC rod-bending machine output a robust structure which allowed for accurate and fast placement of the bricks, thus minimizing costs, construction time and preserving design integrity. Therefore, the design orientated towards fabrication, and an algorithmic method that took into consideration production parameters was developed to optimize the structure. Realization of this prototype helps support our methodology for control of complexity in non-standard geometries which is based on adapting the design approach to customized fabrication methods.
keywords Digital Fabrication, digital tectonics, component architecture, algorithmic design, CNC rod-bending
series CAAD Futures
email philipyuan007@gmail.com
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