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Exploring Weaire-Phelan through Cellular Automata: A proposal for a structural variance-producing engine

Araujo, André L. ; Celani, Gabriela ;

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Complex forms and structures have always been highly valued in architecture, even much before the development of computers. Many architects and engineers have strived to develop structures that look very complex but at the same time are relatively simple to understand, calculate and build. A good example of this approach is the Beijing National Aquatics Centre design for the 2008 Olympic Games, also known as the Water Cube. This paper presents a proposal for a structural variance-producing engine using cellular automata (CA) techniques to produce complex structures based on Weaire-Phelan geometry. In other words, this research evaluates how generative and parametric design can be integrated with structural performance in order to enhance design flexibility and control in different stages of the design process. The method we propose was built in three groups of procedures: 1) we developed a method to generate several fits for the two Weaire-Phelan polyhedrons using CA computation techniques; 2) through the finite elements method, we codify the structural analysis outcomes to use them as inputs for the CA algorithm; 3) evaluation: we propose a framework to compare how the final outcomes deviate for the good solutions in terms of structural performance and rationalization of components. We are interested in knowing how the combination of the procedures could contribute to produce complex structures that are at the same time certain rational. The system developed allows the structural analysis of structured automatically generated by a generative system. However, some efficient solutions from the structural performance point of view do not necessarily represent a rational solution from the feasibility aspects.

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Palavras-chave: Structural design; Complex structures; Bottom-up design approach,

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DOI: 10.5151/despro-sigradi2016-450

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Araujo, André L.; Celani, Gabriela; "Exploring Weaire-Phelan through Cellular Automata: A proposal for a structural variance-producing engine", p. 710-714 . In: XX Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gráfica Digital [=Blucher Design Proceedings, v.3 n.1]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2016.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-sigradi2016-450

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