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Complexity in Digital Architectural Design

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

Abstract

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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