Communicating Design

Communicating Design

Current methods for communicating domain specific knowledge in building practice assume disciplinary separation and discretisation of design control. State of the art research questions these professional boundaries by creating shared methods that integrate design and simulation. However, these methods either remain data heavy and therefore unintuitive and contrary to design creativity or borrow methods from unrelated fields such as film industry. These ad hoc methods remain highly experimental and unverified.

The topic is tackled in the innochain Work package 3, which will examine innovative links between structural simulation, material and design.

The Workpackage is lead by the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)


research projects

ESR01- MULTIPLE STATES OF EQUILIBRIUM FOR BENDING-ACTIVE (TENSILE) STRUCTURES

Author: Evy Slabbinck

Bending-active tensile (BAT) structures introduce a recently new integrative solution into the field of lightweight architecture. This combination of bending-active elements with a tensile element generates challenges for designers due to the complexity in the necessary integrated form-finding and analysis simulations combined with the reciprocal equilibrium, as well as the high level of detail required in fabrication and erection of these form-active structures. These BAT structures remain a challenge, but current developments in CAD and CAE allow designers to engage in that complexity and generate new architectural and structural possibilities in simulating and generating geometry. The research aims to develop an integrated process interface from design to analysis for BAT structures and to explore its potential for architectural design culture. read more

Keywords: · analysis · bending-active · design · hybrid · innovation · membrane

ESR02 – INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE

Author: Tom Svilans

Industrial Partners: Blumer Lehmann, White. The ability to simulate material performance, parametrising and calculating material properties as design drivers present new perspectives in structural and material thinking. By understanding materials not as static or inanimate, but as engaged by complex behaviours, material performance is regarded as one of the richest sources of innovation. New structural paradigms are emerging that integrate material performance such as active bending. read more

Keywords: · Communicating · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · timber

ESR03- INTEGRATING BUILDING PHYSICS FOR PERFORMANCE CONTROL

Author: Angelos Chronis

The project is focused on building performance simulation and new fabrication techniques for the application of “smart materials” in architectural construction. read more

Keywords: · Building Physics · CFD · Environmental Performance · Performance Driven Design · simulation

ESR04- INTERACTIVE MULTIPLE CRITERIA SEARCH IN EARLY DESIGN PHASE

Author: Zeynep Aksoz

ESR: Zeynep Aksöz ESR NUMBER: ESR4 INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Str.ucture + Foster and Partners INSTITUTE: IOA The involvement of machine intelligence carries the process of design into a new association between two species which continuously influence each other during the search for an ideal design solution. Such design methodology is of high importance for a more... read more

Keywords: · AI · analysis · Communicating · digital simulation · GA · IoA · Machine Learning · simulation · Vienna

ESR05 – ALTERNATE MEANS TO COMMUNICATE MEASURE

Author: Dimitrie Stefanescu

This research project examines how complex simulation based design can be communicated both internally within the design teams and externally with partners such as clients or public administration. read more

Keywords: · design

ARTICLES

Computational bamboo installation

Author: Evy Slabbinck

The computational bamboo installation was built in July 2018 as part of the IAAC Global Summer School in Quito, Ecuador. The structure is constructed from bending-active bamboo laths and rods and will be showcased for 3 months at the Museum of Interactive Science in Quito. The workshop, which resulted in this demonstrator, combined natural local traditional building materials with new computational methods for design combined with traditional fabrication. The workshop was led by two ITKE researchers, Evy Slabbinck and Seiichi Suzuki. read more

Keywords: · bamboo · bending-active · computational design · formfinding · itke

Applying Machine Learning for Real-time Structural Reinforcement

Author: Zeynep Aksoz

  Smart Geometry 2018: Machine Minds AI Strategies for Space Frame Structures Cluster     This project aims to explore a collaborative design process between human and computer intelligence by using Machine Learning methods and finite element analysis. The project represents an approach to structural optimization which makes use of local rules applied to subsections... read more

Keywords: · Artificial Intelligence · Finite Element Analysis · Machine Learning · SmartGeometry2018 · Space Frame Structures · Structural Design · Workshops

BAT_02 Wood textile

Author: Evy Slabbinck

The BAT_02 is in the last steps of the design phase and starts to have its final equilibrium-shape. We are happy to announce that next to the collaboration with Foster + Partners, we have the sponsorship and knowledge of Tesler + Mendelovitch, who are masters in combining wood veneer with textiles. Have a closer look at the 'Capitonnage' (double curvature) effect of the wood veneer. read more

Keywords: · bending-acitve · formfinding · FosterPartners · hybrid structures · itke

BAT_02

Author: Evy Slabbinck

BAT_02 - Adaptive hybrid bending-active tensile meeting room - in collaboration with Seiichi Suzuki and Foster + Partners read more

Keywords: · bending-active · Communicating · formfinding · hybrid structures · itke

Four Feedback Experiments in Industrial Glulam Production

Author: Tom Svilans

An exploration of different methods of integrating direct material feedback in industrial glulam production at Blumer Lehmann AG, Switzerland in spring 2017. read more

Keywords: · 3d scanning · cnc · Faro · glulam · industry · lamination · LiDAR · material performance · Optitrack · scanning · timber · wood

IRREGULAR CABLE-NETS: EXPLORING IRREGULARITY AS A DRIVER FOR FORM AND STRUCTURE

Author: Evy Slabbinck

Unlike conventional cable-nets that typically use evenly spaced cables laid out in an orthogonal-grid, introducing irregular patterns into the form-finding process of cable structures enables designs with non-directional grids and varying cable concentration. read more

Keywords: · cable-net · form-finding · topology · voronoi