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

    Early design phase needs a search strategy that supports the ambiguous nature of design, which can give the designer complete freedom of investigating the design instances with all their trade-offs, rather than limiting the designer with vaguely defined criteria to optimize for. Respectively, the research aims to develop an suitable design search strategy... 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

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

MASTERCLASS – EXPLORING SOFTWARE APPROACHES IN SIMULATING BENDING-ACTIVE SYSTEMS

Author: Evy Slabbinck

Masterclass: EXPLORING SOFTWARE APPROACHES IN SIMULATING BENDING-ACTIVE SYSTEMS. At IASS Annual Symposium 2017, 22-24 Sept. 2017, Hamburg, Germany, co-organised as Training School by COST Action TU1303 ‚Novel Structural Skins‘ Trainers: Riccardo La Magna, Philipp Längst, Gregory Quinn with special support of Julian Lienhard, Daniel Piker and Anna Bauer read more

Keywords: · bending-active · form-finding · hybrid structures · IASS · masterclass · tensile

A COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW OF GENERATIVE APPROACHES FOR COMPUTATIONAL FORM-FINDING OF BENDING-ACTIVE TENSILE STRUCTURES

Author: Evy Slabbinck

Bending-active tensile hybrid structures refers to the coupling of bending- and tension-form-active components within a unique and stiffer construct. The variety of possible shapes applicable to the design of these structures demands new ideas around real-time physics-based simulations for the development of more flexible and interactive design spaces. read more

Keywords: · bending-active · form-finding · generative design · hybrid structures

Learning From Physical Data

Author: Zeynep Aksoz

AUTHOR: Zeynep Aksöz   In this phase of the project the possibilities of working with physical design artifacts were investigated. The experiment was aiming to learn from the designers tacit knowledge by analyzing physical models and their performances created by the designers, to design new artifacts using artificial intelligence that base on the extracted rules... read more

Keywords: · AI · analysis · clay printing · Compositional Pattern Producing Networks · fabrication · robotic fabrication · robotics · Thermal Imaging

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYZING AND DESIGNING BENDING-ACTIVE TENSILE HYBRID STRUCTURES

Author: Evy Slabbinck

This paper investigates and demonstrates the structural and architectural potentials of torsion in plate elements for bending-active tensile structures and evaluates the limits to which torsion can be employed in plate-hybrid structures. Bending‐active tensile structures are a novel typology of lightweight structures utilizing integrated bending-active elements as support for a membrane structure. read more

Keywords: · BAT · BATH · bending-active · global BATH · hybrid structure · local BATH

TORSION AS A DESIGN DRIVER IN PLATE-BENDING-ACTIVE TENSILE STRUCTURES

Author: Evy Slabbinck

This paper investigates and demonstrates the structural and architectural potentials of torsion in plate elements for bending-active tensile structures and evaluates the limits to which torsion can be employed in plate-hybrid structures. Bending‐active tensile structures are a novel typology of lightweight structures utilizing integrated bending-active elements as support for a membrane structure. read more

Keywords: · BAT · bending-active · hybrid structure · membrane · torsion