The implementation of freeform shapes in architecture is an area which encompasses great challenges in engineering as well as novel design ideas, and which consequently has high public exposure. However, the geometric basics of doubly curved surfaces realized as steel/glass constructions with planar faces remained largely unexplored. Planar quadrilateral faces and truly freeform geometries seemed mutually exclusive. Only recently the high potential of optimized mesh geometries has been realized: the aim of the present research project is the computation and interactive design of meshes with specific properties relevant for the construction process. They are not only capable of realizing the entire spectrum of freeform shapes, but at the same time provide the basis for a multi-layer support structure with planar faces and optimized joints without geometric torsion. We work on meshes with planar faces and face/face and The implementation of freeform shapes in architecture is an area which edge/edge offset properties, on mesh parallelism, on subdivision methods for interactive design, on the problem of segmenting a surface into an optimized mesh, on mathematical optimization procedures for meshes, and on unconventional patterns like hexagonal meshes. Only in some of these areas partial solutions are available by now. Our aim is to enable geometry to take an active role in the overall design cycle of architecture.
|Effective start/end date||1/07/08 → 30/06/11|
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