Computation to Construction

Bridging the Gaps

This paper presents a craft-based approach to computation and its contribution to support artisans’ development in India. It is demonstrated through ongoing research on customising bricks and utilization of computationally generated asymmetrical Catalan vault.

Funicular Funnel Shell

Funicular Funnel Shell

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Stuttgart used novel structural form-finding methods and simple fabrication techniques to design and construct a mushroom-like structure at the University’s main campus in Stuttgart, Vaihingen.

RhinoVAULT Funicular Form Finding Rhinoceros3d Plugin

RhinoVAULT

The Rhinoceros® Plug-In RhinoVAULT by Matthias Rippmann emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. 

Funicular Shell Design

Funicular Shell Design

Addressing both architects and engineers, this dissertation by Matthias Rippmann presents a new framework for the form finding and design of fabrication geometry of discrete, funicular structures in the early design phase. It introduces a new methodology for structurally-informed design of curved surface architecture.