Parametric skinning of complex-graphs: an airborne textile structure test-case

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    Roudavski, Stanislav
    2018 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science, Construction and Technology
    Conference Papers


The research project presented in this paper aims to extend the repertoire of architectural design and construction. To achieve this purpose, research-through-design methods are used to match a commonly desired target geometry with a realistic and efficient materialisation strategy. The proposed approach has been tested through construction of practical prototypes that eventuated in a full-scale structure that performed well in a variety of outdoor conditions. The outcome of this work is a workflow for semi-automated skinning of complex graphs such as trusses or space frames. The project tests this workflow through an application to a topologically complex L-system. The L-system graph is parametrically skinned with a continuous, adjustable envelope. The outcomes of this skinning are materialised in fabric to produce a twelve-metre-long, wind-supported, airborne inflatable structure. This workflow is a novel extension of existing approaches to skinning and fabrication of structures based on complex graphs because it allows a hitherto unavailable, fabrication-ready geometric definition of joints between cylindrical and conical tubes of varying diameters. It is significant as a reusable approach to the geometric construction of such joints in a variety of materials and across multiple scales. Furthermore, it is interesting as an innovative prototype of possible wind-supported architectural structures.


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