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Subdivision surfaces for integrated design, analysis and optimisation

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  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geography


The research described in this paper combines simple fast analysis and optimisation routines with in-house subdivision surface based parametric modelling software. The aim is to demonstrate a new collaborative environment in which engineers and architects can work closely together, and get instant feedback on the effects of design decisions in terms of structural and environmental performance. A real-life case study project, the design of an ETFE cushion-clad dome structure as an extension to the Aarhus Botanical Garden in Denmark, is used to demonstrate the benefits of adopting a subdivision surface based concurrent design approach in the construction industry.

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