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Vol. 51 (2010) No. 3 September n. 165

Pascalian Forms as Morphogenetic Tool

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 51 (2010) No. 3 September n. 165
  • Pages: 165-181
  • Title: Pascalian Forms as Morphogenetic Tool
  • Author(s): M. Bagnéris, A. Marty, B. Maurin, R. Motro and N. Pauli
  • Keywords: Non-standard morphogenesis, generative tool, parametrics, double-curved systems, tensegrity
Non-standard morphogenesis leads to new challenges in the design process. Recent development in spatial representation raise the architect’s audacity to generate geometrically complex projects that are far from an immediate understanding. Thus, non-standard geometry results in an increased visual complexity rather than in a genuine tool for abstract representation. This paper presents “pascalian forms”, a promising approach allowing geometric control based on elementary generative rules. This method is proposed as a link between physical models and the abstraction generated by numerical models to finally reach complex concepts. Some geometric potentialities are exposed to realize double-curved tensegrity grids, then extended to complete “freeform” tensegrity grids

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