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Gridshells: integrating design with structural performance: formal and informal form finding

Gridshells: integrating design with structural performance: formal and informal form finding

Henriques, Gonçalo Castro; Franco, Juarez Moara;

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There is a growing interest in the design and construction of flexible gridshell structures. Although gridshells have been around since the 1960s, they require material resources, technical and mathematical knowledge that have limited their application. Digital processes of conception, fabrication and construction offer-renewed possibilities to tackle these difficulties and to deepen the dialogue between form, material and structural performance. This article documents an empirical and theoretical research on these structures that seeks to integrate gradually the formal and informal processes of Form Finding, considering structural behaviour from the early design stage. The research contributes by reflecting on a series of empirical constructions developed and aims to contribute to the collective debate to expand further gridshells possibilities.

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Palavras-chave: Gridshell, formal and informal, Kangaroo, Karamba, form finding,

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DOI: 10.5151/sigradi2020-23

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Henriques, Gonçalo Castro; Franco, Juarez Moara; "Gridshells: integrating design with structural performance: formal and informal form finding", p. 166-173 . In: Congreso SIGraDi 2020. São Paulo: Blucher, 2020.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/sigradi2020-23

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