Physically-Based Interactive Modelling For Architectural Design

National Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Funding provider

National Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Funding period

4 February 2015 – 4 February 2019


Recent advances on the integration of real-time physics within parametric modeling environments have given designers new ways for the exploration of forms beyond pure geometrical description. This has being particularly important for the research on form-finding methods for bending- and tensile form-active structures, and hybrid by-products, given the wide space for shape exploration that these structures provides.

As design tools, real-time physically-based simulations need to guarantee an appropriate equilibrium between mechanical accuracy and modelling interactivity to facilitate design iterations. Even if current efforts mainly focus on speeding-up numerical convergence, methods are still highly constrained by how well defined is the initial topologic model for satisfying design intentions. Because of this, analogue modeling has become a non-comparable intuitive and interactive technique for solving system´s connectivity with real time deformations.

This research is focused on bridging this gap between the digital and the analogue during conceptual design stages when real-time physically-based simulations are used as modeling tools. The main challenge is to analyze the implications and support the activation of topologic-modeling during numerical simulations in order to extend the design space-freedom of form-finding applications in architectural design.

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