COMPUTATIONAL MORPHOGENESIS APPLIED TO THE CHURCH OF LONGUELO

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Liuti, Alessandro
    Pugnale, Alberto
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Generative Parametric & Evolutionary Architecture

Extract

Before the introduction of NURBS-based CAD software and optimisation, the design of form-resistant structures was based on the use of either experimental tools (physical form-finding) or analyti-cal surfaces, and architects were challenged in the articulation of spaces from the intrinsic characteristics/rules of structural forms. An outstanding example of this kind is provided by the Church of Lon-guelo, which was built by architect Pino Pizzigoni in Italy, between 1961-1966. It was conceived as composed by two major elements – an irregular frame and a set of shells suspended to it. The entire design process was based on the calculation of the frame on which the shells have been just added as a dead load. This paper presents one possible way to redesign the church parametrically. Comparison with the orig-inal design is not performed at the final formal level, which can logi-cally differ, but around the concepts behind the project. The aim is to show how current digital design and optimisation tools are affecting the way architects design. But, at a higher level, the purpose is also to highlight where conceptual design is now taking place in the process.

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