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Complexity in Digital Architectural Design

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  • Architecture
  • Complexity
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics


The association of complexity and geometry was the starting point for an academic project at the chair of Computer Aided Design in Detmold. The students were asked to analyze a complex structure - taken from nature, art, technology or society - regarding the underlying geometrical rules and principles. The translation of these abstract geometric principles (logarithmic spiral, polyhedron, rotational solids, mesh-work, double helix) into a three-dimensional structure was then realized in Rhinoceros. The 3D-modelling was followed by a transformation- and optimization-process of the initial shape by using the evolutionary principles of mutation and selection. The set-up for these variations followed predefined rules and principles for the manipulation of the original structure.

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