Unprintable Forms

Adilenidou, Y. 2019. Unprintable Forms. 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Austin, Texas 21 - 26 Oct 2019 CUMINCAD. https://doi.org/10.52842/conf.acadia.2019.168

TitleUnprintable Forms
AuthorsAdilenidou, Y.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

This paper presents a 3D Concrete Printing (3DCP) experiment at the full scale of virtualarchitectural bodies developed through a computational technique based on the use of Cellular Automata (CA). The theoretical concept behind this technique is the decoding of errors in form generation and the invention of a process that would recreate the errors as a response to optimization (Adilenidou 2015). The generative design process established a family of structural and formal elements whose proliferation is guided through sets of differential grids (multi-grids) leading to the build-up of large span structures and edifices, for example, a cathedral. This tooling system is capable of producing, with specific inputs, a large number of outcomes in different scales. However, the resulting virtual surfaces could be considered as "unprintable" either due to their need of extra support or due to the presence of many cavities in the surface topology. The above characteristics could be categorized as errors, malfunctions, or undesired details in the geometry of a form that would need to be eliminated to prepare it for printing. This research project attempts to transform these "fabrication imprecisions" through new 3DCP techniques into factors of robustness of the resulting structure. The process includes the elimination of the detail / "errors" of the surface and their later reinsertion as structural folds that would strengthen the assembly. Through this process, the tangible outputs achieved fulfill design and functional requirements without compromising their structural integrity due to the manufacturing constraints.

Year2019
Conference39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
PublisherCUMINCAD
Publication dates
Published2019
JournalACADIA Proceedings
Journal citationpp. 168-177
ISSN1079-9680
Book titleProceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
ISBN9780578591797
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.52842/conf.acadia.2019.168
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.52842/conf.acadia.2019.168

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Error as Optimization Using Cellular Automata Systems to Introduce Bias in Aggregation Models through Multigrids
Adilenidou, P. 2015. Error as Optimization Using Cellular Automata Systems to Introduce Bias in Aggregation Models through Multigrids. 33rd International Conference on Education and research in Computer aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2015. Vienna, Austria 16 - 18 Sep 2015 eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).

The Geometry of the Error
Adilenidou, Y. 2014. The Geometry of the Error. in: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014 Springer. pp. 337-351

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