Subdivision surface modelling for architecture


Shepherd, P. and Richens, P., 2010. Subdivision surface modelling for architecture. In: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2009, 2009-09-28 - 2009-10-02. Editorial de la Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, pp. 1206-1217.

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    This paper introduces research currently under development in the Digital Architectonics Research Group of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. This research aims to develop a software framework for the application ofsubdivision surface techniques to the modeling of complex 3D building forms. By incorporating both structural and environmental optimization algorithms into the framework, a “concurrent engineering” approach is adopted, whereby information on the consequences of different design decisions is provided up-front. This results in a tool through which practicing engineers and architects can explore concepts in an informed manner, helping to steer their creativity towards designs with efficiency built-in. The paper introduces the basic software platform and goes on to describe the implementation of subdivision surface modeling, formfinding and optimization techniques. The benefits of combining these capabilities in a single tool are then demonstrated through a case-study, and the future direction of the research is discussed.


    Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
    CreatorsShepherd, P.and Richens, P.
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    Uncontrolled Keywordsenvironmental performance,software,modeling,formfinding,optimization,digital architectonics,subdivision surface,concurrent engineering
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
    Research CentresCentre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)
    ID Code14403
    Additional InformationPublished in: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2009, Valencia: Evolution and Trends in Design, Analysis and Construction of Shell and Spatial Structures 28 September – 2 October 2009, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain


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