Generative scripting and form-finding in space grid systems

Graef, Alexander and Chilton, John and Eppacher, Christoph (2007) Generative scripting and form-finding in space grid systems. In: IASS 2007 Shell and spatial structures: structural architecture - towards the future looking to the past, 3-6 Dec 2007, Venice, Italy.

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This paper reports on research undertaken during preparation of a competition entry for a new roof structure at Zurich
International Airport.
Using MicroStation Generative Components and Maya dynamic scripting (MEL), the structure attempts to address
traditional modernist concepts of openness, lightness and legibility of the flow of forces, whilst utilising parametric design
to generate a randomised space frame structure. The resulting roof is presented as an architectural proposal in its
physical context.
Furthermore, the paper suggests the introduction of threshold levels and selective form finding routines within the script,
which, if combined with rapid prototyping techniques for instant evaluation and mutation purposes, explore the possibility
of a widened conceptual approach towards structural design.

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Additional Information:This paper reports on research undertaken during preparation of a competition entry for a new roof structure at Zurich International Airport. Using MicroStation Generative Components and Maya dynamic scripting (MEL), the structure attempts to address traditional modernist concepts of openness, lightness and legibility of the flow of forces, whilst utilising parametric design to generate a randomised space frame structure. The resulting roof is presented as an architectural proposal in its physical context. Furthermore, the paper suggests the introduction of threshold levels and selective form finding routines within the script, which, if combined with rapid prototyping techniques for instant evaluation and mutation purposes, explore the possibility of a widened conceptual approach towards structural design.
Keywords:space grids, tensegrity, generative components, maya dynamics, form finding, membrane construction, rapid prototyping, architecture of non-simultaneous events
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:1346
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:11 Oct 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:26

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