Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2011

December 20, 2011

Computational Design Modelling - Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2011


The design of a free-form roof structure is presented together with an approach to the problem of reducing construction costs and defining an efficient structural behavior for the proposed shape. The optimization procedure described in this paper has been developed, starting from a design proposal for a new Historical Museum at the Viking fortress ‘Fyrkat’, in Denmark. The design process is supported by the use of the parametric tool, Grasshopper, in the definition of an optimization problem related to shape-resistant structures, and the Genetic Algorithm, Galapagos, is used to explore and improve the shape of a tentative structure. Finally, a scripting interface between the CAD software, Rhinoceros, and the FEM solver, Autodesk ROBOT, is described as a rapid way to check and refine the structural behavior of the overall roof.

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Parametric Design and Construction Optimization of a Freeform Roof Structure (2011)


Johan Kure
Thiru Manickam
Alberto Pugnale

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