AAD Algorithms-Aided Design

Arturo Tedeschi

Algorithmic design is not simply the use of computer to design architecture and objects. Algorithms allow designers to overcome the limitations of traditional CAD software and 3D modelers, reaching a level of complexity and control which is beyond the human manual ability. Algorithms-Aided Design presents design methods based on the use of Grasshopper®, a visual algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhinoceros®, the 3D modeling software by McNeel & Associates allowing users to explore accurate freeform shapes. The book provides computational techniques to develop and control complex geometries, covering parametric modeling, digital fabrication techniques, form-finding strategies, environmental analysis and structural optimization. It also features case studies and contributions by researchers and designers from world's most influential universities and leading architecture firms.

Main topics:

Grasshopper environment and plug-in software, Parametric modeling and advanced data management, NURBS curves and surfaces, Meshes and Subdivision Surfaces, Digital fabrication techniques, Recursions, Form-finding strategies, Particle-spring systems, Topology Optimization, Evolutionary solvers and Environment-informed design.

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