I.Mirtsopoulos invited to Smart Living Lunch

© 2021 Ioannis Mirtsopoulos

© 2021 Ioannis Mirtsopoulos

Architectural design only represents a tiny subset of the design space and it is often constrained by premature design fixation and lack of diversity and/or creativity. The exploration of variant structural forms is constrained by the lack of computational tools that unveil structures in static equilibrium, which are liberated from precedent structural typologies. The generation of bespoke networks of bars in static equilibrium during the early conceptual design is crucial for the design of unconventional structural forms.

Ioannis has developed a design pipeline free of numerical design variables, that implements a rule-based design approach to generate new, unexpected, but valid, (structural) networks of bars. The grammar rule is applied incrementally, blindly regarding the design domain and specific structural typologies, and builds the network’s topology impulsively, namely transforms it, while aiming at the transition from a state in interim static equilibrium to one that is in global equilibrium. Its syntax builds on vector-based graphic statics, embeds structural awareness and ensures the network’s static equilibrium throughout the transformations. The grammar rule’s exploratory power is amplified through its fusion with interactive geneticalgorithms. Rather than pre-defining the properties of the successive grammar rules, variant design features ruling the incremental transformations are applied, while searching for optimized structural networks. At the end of each transformation (step), the generated (intermediate) design variants are compared based on qualitative (i.e. aesthetics) or quantitative (i.e. static action, number of joints, number of members etc.) criteria. The developed computational tool operates in the parametric environmentof Grasshopper.

Tuesday June 22nd, 11am. Smart Living Lab, Fribourg

More infos: https://www.smartlivinglab.ch/en/smart-living-lunch-structural-design-space-exploration/