Sustainable Urbanism

Sustainable Urbanism

This study by Fay Al Khalifa investigates using a spatial installation project on the ability of fourth-year architecture students to understand and recall complex philosophical ideas related to architecture and urbanism.

Information Materials

Information Materials

This paper by Manuel Kretzer questions the current use of materials in architecture, which furthers the preference of surface and form over inherent material properties. It then investigates recent advancements towards the notion of a Digital Materiality.

Caterpillar Gallery Digital Fabrication

Caterpillar Gallery

The use of certain quadratic surface theorems has mainly been associated in architecture with the design of classical vaults, domes and piping. The work presented here is intended to explore the potential of these theorems

Performative Building Envelope Systems Using Leaf Venation Patterns

Venation Patterns

In this paper by Sabri Gokmen a morphogenetic approach will be introduced that looks at Goethean morphology and leaf venation patterns.

Printing a Coffee Bar

Printing a Coffee Bar

In this article by Heike Matcha, Ante Ljubas and Harun Gueldemet, authors present and discuss an exploration of the possibilities and properties of 3D printing with a printing space of 1 cubic meter, and how those can be integrated into architectural education.

Body Patterning Responsive and Interactive Building Envelope

Body Patterning

In this paper by Hülya Oral and Gülen Çağdaş, the changes on the bodies of color and form changing living organisms are implemented to the building envelope as a dynamic process of adapting to the environment in terms of interaction.

Textual Programming for Architecture

Textual Programming

In this article by Maria João Sammer and António Leitão, Authors discuss, explore, and implement Visual Input Mechanisms (VIMs) in Khepri, a new textual programming tool for architecture.

Biomimetic Robotic Construction

Biomimetic Construction

In this paper by Chi-Li Cheng and June-Hao Hou, authors attempt to develop a construction process which is suitable for all-terrain construction robot in the future. This construction process is inspired by beavers’ construction.

Robot Based Thermal Mass Distribution

Thermal Compositions

This work by Isak Worre Foged and Mads Brath Jensen develops, implements and tests a method and model for the distribution of material in relation to thermal performances through robot based extrusion of concrete.

Adaptive Industrial Robot Control for Designers

Adaptive Robot Control

In this research by Shani Sharif, Varun Agrawal and Larry Sweet, authors present a system to allow designers to adaptively control an industrial robot from within a 3D modeling environment, for the purpose of real time feedback.

Programmable Materials for Responsive Building Skins

Material Geometry

This paper by Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar is part of a body of research developing an exploratory dialogue between the built form and the environment, via experimentation with performative geometry and material.

Evolving Parametric Models using Genetic Programming with Artificial Selection

Genetic Programming

This paper by John Harding investigates an interactive evolution of visual programs currently used in popular parametric modelling software.

IT Driven Architectural Design

IT Driven Architecture

This paper by Sebastian Białkowski and Anetta Kępczyńska-Walczak discusses teaching parametric design as a supportive method of introducing design logic. Two case studies have been described, analysed and concluded.

Robotics in Architecture

Robotics in Architecture

This study by Mads Brath Mads Brath and Avishek Das investigates the technological and methodological challenges in establishing an indeterministic approach to robotic fabrication that allows for a collaborative and creative design/fabrication process.

Generative Algorithm for Architectural Design Based on Biomimicry Principles

Biomimicry Principles

The aim of this paper by Parag Sarwate and Akshay Patil is to understand and explore the application of generative modeling based on biomimicry principles to architectural design.

Parametric Approach in Planning and Design Process

Parametric Approach

This study by William Suyoto, Aswin Indraprastha and Heru W. Purbo offers discrete method in parametric design to solve problems during design process (programming, site planning, massing, structure planning, and facade planning).

Beyond Design Freedom Material Modelisation within Kangeroo Physics

Design Freedom

The goal of this research by Florian Chéraud is to introduce, within the Grasshopper environment, a tensile parameter, the Young Modulus, into the Kangaroo model.

Inform Form Perform

Inform Form Perform

In this paper, author propose taking the use of computers in aiding architectural design one step further; information and data should INFORM the project, driving the creation of a building FORM enabling it to PERFORM at higher levels than traditional design.

Caterpillar A Gcode translator in Grasshopper3d


This paper by HAO ZHENG, BARRAK DARWEESH, HEEWON LEE and LI YANG presents a framework that makes full use of three degrees of freedom of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines through the generation of Gcode in the Rhino and Grasshopper environment.

An Inquiry into Designing in Context using Generative Systems

Generative Systems

This paper by Sherif M. Abdelmohsen explores incorporating context in the process of designing using generative systems from ideation to fabrication, and explores the relationship between the emergent nature of generative design and the situated act of designing while using generative design tools.

3D Printed Ceramic Vault Shading Systems

Shading Systems

This paper presents the main challenges and outcomes achieved during the process of design and production of a vault cover system. Based on the discretization of a vault in hexagonal blocks, this system intends to control solar incidence by its adaptive inner structure.

Integration of Outdoor Thermal and Visual Comfort in Parametric Design

Thermal Comfort

To investigate the links between parametric form-making and outdoor comfort, a workshop at the Royal Danish Academy – aimed at the design of shelters – combined Parametric and Environmental Simulation Tools (ESTs) with the use of the most recent Grasshopper’s plug-ins.

Articulate Objects hard processes and soft effects

Articulate Objects

This paper by Clay Odom uses two recently completed projects to outline an approach to overcoming tendency to separate the objective and subjective. It describes an approach which is positioned within contemporary theory and explored through processes, methods and outcomes. 

Building Traditions with Digital Research Brick Architecture through Robotic Fabrication

Building Traditions

Robotic assembly technologies have been introduced in the field of architecture, opening new design and construction possibilities. This paper by Rui Oliveira and Jose Pedro Sousa intends to examine their application by examining how they can be used to connect with the traditions in brick construction.

HIVE Parametric Tool energy simulation


This paper by Amr Elesawy, Stefan Caranovic, Justin Zarb, Prageeth Jayathissa and Arno Schlueter presents HIVE, a new open source design toolbox, which focuses on teaching concepts of Energy and Climate Systems integration in buildings.

Daylight Optimization A Parametric Study of Urban Façades Design

Daylight Optimization

This paper by Mohammed Ayoub and Magdi Wissa aims to investigate techniques to mitigate the under-lit indoor environment for a group of buildings with variable heights and orientations, with regard to the urban façades parameters.

Feather-inspired social media data processing for generating developable surfaces: Prototyping an affective architecture

Affective Architecture

This paper by Chenjun Liu, Tsung-Hsien Wang, Mark Meagher and Chengzhi Peng presents the development of an interactive installation intended as a prototype of experimental affective architecture connected with social media data processing.

Programming Languages For Generative Design: A Comparative Study

Programming Languages

In this paper by António Leitão, Luís Santos and José Lopes, authors reconsider the role of TPLs in the design process and they present a comparative study of VPLs and modern TPLs. Their findings show that modern TPLs can be more productive than VPLs.

From shape to shell: a design tool to materialize freeform shapes using gridshell structures

Shape to Shell

This paper by Lionel Du Peloux, Olivier Baverel, Jean-François Caron and Frédéric Tayeb introduces and explains the design process of a gridshell in composite materials built in Paris in  2011 for the festival Soliday. A brief introduction presents the structural concept and the erection methodology employed.

Digital Design and Nonlinear Simulation for Additive Manufacturing of Soft Lattice Structures

Soft Lattice Structures

This article presents a digital design and manufacturing approach for soft lattices structures subject to large deformations and instabilities, for which applications in soft robotics, healthcare, personal protection, energy absorption, fashion and design are rapidly emerging.