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Vol. 51 (2010) No. 2 June n. 164


Advanced Architectural Workshop: Implementing Structural Logics into a Design Process for Large Scale Lightweight Coverings

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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. 2 June n. 164
  • Pages: 137-146
  • Title: Advanced Architectural Workshop: Implementing Structural Logics into a Design Process for Large Scale Lightweight Coverings
  • Author(s): M. Fraschini, M. L. Prete and N. Laurino
  • Keywords: form finding, catenary model, parametric software, lightweight structure, file to factory
Abstract
The work presented in this paper is a part of a larger research effort in which we have been studying the problem of “mega-structures” and the relationship between shapes and their inner structural system. The most important question was: how can we control the relationship between an optimized structure and the image of a weightless physical or virtual model based on a formal concept, far from structural hypotheses? Our research has developed a design methodology starting from manual sketches and evolving through physical, virtual and structural models, embedding optimization during the early stages of the design process. The core of this study is a form-finding process which modifies the initial shape into a new version, through the use of specific software. The process also explores digital production, through small scale CNC models. This work represents a synthesis of a two week workshop held at the Department of Architecture and Planning – Politecnico di Milano.

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