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id ecaade2017_277
authors Borhani, Alireza and Kalantar, Negar
year 2017
title APART but TOGETHER - The Interplay of Geometric Relationships in Aggregated Interlocking Systems
source Fioravanti, A, Cursi, S, Elahmar, S, Gargaro, S, Loffreda, G, Novembri, G, Trento, A (eds.), ShoCK! - Sharing Computational Knowledge! - Proceedings of the 35th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 20-22 September 2017, pp. 639-648
summary In this research, the authors discuss multiple design process criteria, fabrication methods, and assembly workflows for covering spaces using discrete pieces of material shorter than the space's span, otherwise known as topologically interlocking structures. To expand this line of research, the study challenges the interplay of geometric relationships in the assembly of unreinforced and mortar-less structures that work purely under compressive forces. This work opens with a review of studies concerning topological interlocking, a unique type of material and structural system. Then, through a description of two design projects - an interlocking footbridge and a vaulted structure - the authors demonstrate how they encouraged students to engage in a systematic exploration of the generative relationships among surface geometry, the configuration and formal variations of its subdividing cells, and the stability of the final interlocking assembly. In this fashion, the authors argue that there is hope for carrying the design criteria of topological interlocking systems into the production of precast concrete structures.
keywords Topological Interlocking Assembly, Digital Stereotomy, Compression-Only Vaulted Structures, Surface Tessellation, Digital Materiality.
series eCAADe
email kalantar@tamu.edu
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