Computational Design

Monthly Archives: January 2012

2012/01/31 By rcd

Structuring Architecture at Oxford Brookes University

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As part of his role as a part time Structural Engineering tutor at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Stephen Melville will be giving a lecture on Thursday 2nd February on the subject ‘Structuring Architecture’. This is a great opportunity to help convey the principles of collaboration and critical thought in the overlapping space of Architectural Design

2012/01/18 By rcd

Computational Design Lecture at TU Delft


Stephen Melville recently gave a lecture to the Architectural faculty of the Technical University of Delft on Computational Design and the practical application of the RCD team’s on-going research to live projects and future directions such as urbanism. The lecture was at the invitation of the high rise unit of the school.

2012/01/05 By rcd

Riba forgotten spaces competition

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With Texere Studios, this was the first time we applied the research into digital urbanism and the science of emergent behaviour. taking the free roaming ponies in the new Forest as a inspiration for a traffic calming measure in a london site we helped with a design which created an inner city farm with sheep

2012/01/05 By rcd

Maljevik Bay, Montenegro

In-house routine to automatically determine the roof shape required for a certain level of solar shading

Working with Foster + Partners we developed an in-house routine to automatically determine the optimum three dimensional roof form giving the right degree of internal solar shading in the new villa structures on the coastline of Montenegro.   The application automatically shapes the roofs of villas in relation to the solar shading needed. We were

2012/01/05 By rcd

London funnel sculpture


A least energy structure the form being determined by rcd’s own routines together with principle curvature mapping to form efficient framing   The timber members were set out in relation to the lines of principle curvature on the efficient surface. we developed the routines to do this and it enables a simple orthogonal structure to

2012/01/04 By rcd

Riga Airport Competition

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Computational analysis of caternaries enhances 3D modelling capability   On a competition submission for Riga Airport, the RCD group used computerised analysis to model the undulating roof structure which was inspired by the catenary form. In the 19th century Gaudi defined the form of his iconic La Sagrada Família by making scale physical models using

2012/01/04 By rcd

Presidential Library Astana

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An algorithm inspired by electrical behaviour of sub-atomic particles rationalises a complex facade   Both archive and museum, the National Library will be a place for work and study, as well as education and tourism. A place for progress and a place for pleasure. As a national concentration of knowledge about the Kazakh culture and