Form-Finding and Structural Optimization: Gaudi Workshop

A interior photo of the church being worked on.

Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)


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Fall 2004



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Inspired by the work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, this research workshop will explore three-dimensional problems in the static equilibrium of structural systems. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and architecture, we will develop design tools for determining the form of three-dimensional structural systems under a variety of loads. The goal of the workshop is to develop real-time design and analysis tools which will be useful to architects and engineers in the form-finding of efficient three-dimensional structural systems.

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Erik Demaine, John Ochsendorf, Martin Demaine, Simon Greenwold, Axel Kilian, and Barbara Cutler. 4.491 Form-Finding and Structural Optimization: Gaudi Workshop. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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