Resolution of complex composite envelopes through generative computation and digital fabrication

Christopher Knapp, Jonathan Nelson

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Abstract

This paper documents and critically reflects upon the design, development, fabrication, and implementation of an experimental pavilion project developed during 2013-2014 for a site in Sydney, Australia. The core investigation embodied by this work is the refinement of techniques to computationally design and fabricate integrated structure and skin envelopes through a file-to-fabrication process, culminating in the production of doubly curved project geometry via panelized construction. The principal activity of the research is aimed at refining methods for software-based exploration of formal complexities and the subsequent need to control variability and efficiency in fabrication output, using Grasshopper for Rhino to develop customized definitions. The project attempts to address multiple concerns (gravity, bracing, affect, etc) with a minimum of assembly. This work is invested in extending the possibilities of architectural practice, extrapolating the workflow from this project to the speculative impact of the work upon emerging practice techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015)
EditorsM. Anderson, P. Anderson
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherGlobal Science and Technology Forum
Pages15-23
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAnnual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering - Australia, Australia
Duration: 25 Apr 201526 Apr 2015
Conference number: 4th

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ISSN (Print)2301-394X

Conference

ConferenceAnnual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering
Abbreviated titleACE 2015
CountryAustralia
Period25/04/1526/04/15

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Knapp, C., & Nelson, J. (2015). Resolution of complex composite envelopes through generative computation and digital fabrication. In M. Anderson, & P. Anderson (Eds.), 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015) (pp. 15-23). Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum.