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Generative scripting and form-finding in space grid systems

By Alexander Graef, John Chilton and Christoph Eppacher


This paper reports on research undertaken during preparation of a competition entry for a new roof structure at Zurich\ud International Airport.\ud Using MicroStation Generative Components and Maya dynamic scripting (MEL), the structure attempts to address\ud traditional modernist concepts of openness, lightness and legibility of the flow of forces, whilst utilising parametric design\ud to generate a randomised space frame structure. The resulting roof is presented as an architectural proposal in its\ud physical context.\ud Furthermore, the paper suggests the introduction of threshold levels and selective form finding routines within the script,\ud which, if combined with rapid prototyping techniques for instant evaluation and mutation purposes, explore the possibility\ud of a widened conceptual approach towards structural design

Topics: K110 Architectural Design Theory, K210 Building Technology, K100 Architecture, K130 Architectural Technology
Year: 2007
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