R. Oval, M. Rippmann, R. Mesnil, T. Van Mele, O. Baverel, P. Block


This paper presents a strategy for the exploration of the topology of structural patterns, such as beam grids for gridshells or voussoir tessellations for masonry vaults. The authors define topology finding, by analogy and in complement to form finding, as the design of the connectivity of patterns in relation to architectural and structural requirements. The method focuses on the design of the singularities in the pattern through the automatic generation and subsequent rule-based editing of a coarse quad mesh that encodes the properties of the singularities and their relationships before mesh densification, pattern mapping, geometrical exploration and performance assessment.



Sept. 2018


Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018


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