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Space Symmetry Structure Biomimetic Architecture Trabeculae by architects Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Brad Rothenberg, and Ezio Blasetti is a new take at the general atrium solution to office buildings. the point of a central atrium (like in that of the Bradbury Building) is to allow light deep into a building, the Trebeculae team argues that if that’s the main point, why not have the atrium chase the sun? Explanation and more images… The team used a Heliotropic branching system to define the shape of the void that eats into the floors of the building. Heliotropism is the phenomena of plants growing over time in the direction of the sun to maximize their energy output. The team took a second pass at the void to create the structural mesh that would lay inside the void and took opportunities to create bridges and meeting rooms embedded off the inner lining of the structure. below is a close up of the more finer structure within. “In the Trabeculae tower, the algorithm represents a potential for difference. also featured on eVolo

Fabrication Grasshopper: Parametric CurvesThis module covers the basic parametric properties of curves along with common grasshopper methods for evaluating and dividing curves. ARCH 598 Summer 2011information >> n-formations FABRICS // LATTICES // FIELDSThis course is designed to introduce and explore computational design, algorithmic thinking, and digital manufacturing–both: the larger ramifications that emerging digital technologies and ideas are having architectural theory via readings, discussions, presentations; and the practical application of these ideas and tools through a series of hands-on, iterative modeling and fabrication assignments. ARCH 581/498 : Fall 2010Digital Design + Fabrication Foundations I Grasshopper: Surface to Planar TrianglesGrasshopper : Surface to Planar Triangles : Fabrication Layout of Planar Components Laser Cutting: Adobe IllustratorLaser Cutting from Adobe Illustrator

Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi Fibre Composite Adaptive Systems Designed by Maria Mingallon, Sakthivel Ramaswamy, Konstantinos Karatzas Fibre composite adaptive systems is a research project which emulates self-organisation processes in nature by developing a fibre composite that can sense, actuate and hence efficiently adapt to changing environmental conditions. Fibre composites which are anisotropic and heterogeneous offer the possibility for local variations in their material properties. Embedded fibre optics would be used to sense multiple parameters and shape memory alloys integrated in a fibre composite material for actuation. The definition of the geometry, both locally and globally would complement the adaptive functions and hence the system would display ’Integrated Functionality’. ‘Thigmo-morphogenesis’ refers to the changes in shape, structure and material properties of biological organisms that are produced in response to transient changes in environmental conditions. -> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book

Structures minimize materials, maximize strength: organisms "Cylinders curve in one direction, circumferentially--their lengthwise curvature is zero. Here we're talking about structures with their surfaces curved in two directions; and, as pointed out earlier (and implicit in Laplace's law), that double curvature gives greater strength and stiffness for a given investment of material. Maximization of internal volume for a given surface compounds the material economy--for that nothing beats a sphere, and a slight egg-shapedness (spheroidicity) doesn't make things much worse… Nature puts this shape to use in a number of places. Application Ideas: Modern amphorae with bottoms that "roll"; spherical durable packaging; spherical holding tanks to maximize volume for a given surface (reduces material use), communications, utilities, deployable structures. Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Ceramics, packaging, water supply/sewage treatment

Safavid Surfaces and Parametricism | Features The development of specialized treatments of concrete and glass, customization through digital fabrication, and parametric design tools have brought about a contemporary resurgence of surface articulation, reopening the general issue of surface composition as a “legitimate” aspect of design, after almost a century of (near) omission by modernism. A wide variety of firms, among them Zaha Hadid (Patrik Schumacher), Herzog and de Meuron, Weil Arets, Aranda\Lasch and Foreign Office Architects, have been reintroducing this aspect of design -- most notably the last, which in addition to built work, Farshid Mousavi’s The Function of Ornament includes surface articulation as part of its theoretical explorations. The surface articulations to be discussed are: 1) the ceiling of the dome, and 2) the corner, where the square of the floor plan is reconciled with the circle of the base of the dome. The Ceiling Overall ceiling pattern breakdown Ceiling "pod" comparson The Corner Corner pattern base module

Structural composition provides strength in changing conditions: plants Plantae Plantae Learn more at Organism/taxonomy data provided by: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist Application Ideas: Example of how elements that serve one purpose can be adapted or incorporated to serve a later functional purpose within the same context: e.g., scaffolding that becomes part of a building's frame or materials whose thickness can fluctuate based on changing temperatures or load-bearing requirements. Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, structural engineering

Parametric Wood | Page 3 3D Laths This is an update that will generate 3 dimensional laths for rendering purposes. Work Credit by percentage: Daniel: 60% Jason: 25% Tom + Juan: 15% Lumber for Rainscreen For the rainscreen full-scale: I got an order coming in today or tomorrow from Burke and Pace Lumber (Arroyo Grande) for around 50 10′ long 1×4′s, #2 pine, which are the same as the piece from Home Depot. Oh and I can go ahead and start looking for plywood options. ZipShape ZipShape is a universal method used to bend board formats without profile gauges. Plate Splices – Working I’m now able to generate members and splices at the ends based on a simple line diagram and everything seems to be working. Now we can finally try to fill in the gaps between the splices with a regular system and hopefully get the wood members to react as well. different cut methods One of the interesting things about Dukta and our research project is probably the cut method. How we fix it 1.)

Photographic Approach in Architectural Visualisation 1.3K Flares Facebook 0 Twitter 65 Pin It Share 47 Google+ 72 LinkedIn 30 inShare30 StumbleUpon 1K Reddit 0 1.3K Flares × Lasse Rode did a remarkable job with his previous articles featured on this blog, and this time is no different. Following the publication of his &tradition renders, I asked Lasse if he can share more of his photographic approach insight to rendering. Although we all seem to compare rendering to photography in the end, I think you’ll learn a thing or two about how to get started with this in mind after reading this article. Ronen asked me to write an article on the photographic approach in visualization after I published my remakes of the &tradition photos done by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen (who also is the designer of some of the pieces shown, together with his partner Kasper Rønn at NORM architects, Copenhagen). This is why this article ended up being more about setting up an image in general or the rules of thumb I use most of the time. Don’t fear it!

grasshopper code . a collection of codes & grammars for Grasshopper, a generative modeling tool for Rhinoceros. 3D Hilbert Curve This definition generates a 3D Hilbert Curve, a continuous fractal space-filling curve. nGon mesh tessellation Starting from a closed surface it builds a nGon mesh tessellation Curves Sorter Starting from a list of curves it takes the first one then it looks for the closest curve and it eventually flips the direction to optimize the toolpath lenght. froGH A sparse collection of tools for Grasshopper. See the code, explanation and download here. Clusterizer This definition groups indexes of connected points into separate clusters. Spirograph This definition simulates a spirograph tool. 3D Differential mesh relaxation This definition explores the 3D relaxation of a mesh effected by an image gradient. Vorospace Math surfaces .

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