Computational Design

Research being undertaken by RCD group.

2014/07/25 By

Smartgeometry 2014


Kristjan Nielsen of the RCD team has recently returned from Hong Kong, where he helped run the SG2014 workshop cluster entitled: The Bearable Lightness of Being. The goal of the cluster was to design and construct a flexible, light-weight and optimised pavilion, through the use of grasshopper plug-ins Karamba and Octopus. More information on the cluster

2014/07/25 By

Paper accepted at Advances in Architectural Geometry Conference


The RCD team have recently had a paper accepted at the AAG Conference, held this year in London on 18th-22nd September. The paper describes the work done by RCD during the Ongreening Pavilion project, constructed in March this year. In the paper, the form-finding process of a bending active shell structure is described, as well

2014/06/12 By rcd

OBU Rain Pavilion paper accepted for eCAADe 2014

eCAADe fusion

RCD’s work on the intelligent modelling of voids in the stems and canopies of the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture Rain Pavilion has been accepted as a paper to the eCAADe 2014 conference in November. The paper Populating surfaces with holes using particle repulsion based on scalar fields will be presented at the annual gathering

2013/11/11 By rcd

Presentation – Bartlett Plexus 8


As part of the Bartlett School of Architecture Plexus series of lectures John Harding of the Ramboll Computational Design team spoke about structural form-finding at RCD. The talk focussed on how computation can help to bridge the gap between architecture and engineering at the early stages of projects where there is most to be gained.

2013/09/02 By rcd

John Harding to present Trada pavilion at IASS 2013

IASS 2013

John Harding of the RCD team will be presenting our work on the Trada pavilion at the International Associate for Shell and Spatial Structures symposium in Wroclaw, Poland on the 23rd September 2013. The talk, simply titled The TRADA Pavilion – A Timber Plate Funicular Shell will be given as part of the session dedicated to Structural Morphology

2013/04/22 By rcd

RCD talk at Building Envelopes Asia

clustering render

Duncan Horswill and Mark Pniewski represented Ramboll Computational Design at the 4th Annual Building Envelopes Asia conference in Singapore on the 17th and 18th April. The conference is in its fourth year and brings together 25 world class speakers to discuss cost efficient design as well as engineering and material technologies for high performance building

2013/02/27 By rcd

Searching for Innovation and Elegance in Complex Forms paper presented at Prototyping Architecture 2013

prototyping architecture

Harri Lewis and Stephen Melville of the Ramboll Computational Design team presented their paper ‘ TRADA Pavilion – Searching for Innovation and Elegance in Complex Forms Supported by Physical and Software Prototyping’ (authors Harri Lewis, Stephen Melville and John Harding) at the the Prototyping Architecture conference at the Building Centre, London. An e-book of the conference

2012/07/04 By rcd

Thinking Topologically for Early Stage Parametric Design


John Harding’s current EngD topic looks into the inflexibility of parametric modelling software for the early stage of design. By using techniques in genetic programming (GP), a new way of working with parametric models is proposed. The idea was recently published at the Advances in Architectural Geometry Conference in Paris. Abstract: “Parametric modelling tools have

2012/07/04 By rcd

Paper – Associative spatial networks in architectural design

spatial networks

Harding, J. and Derix, C., 2011. Associative spatial networks in architectural design: Artificial cognition of space using neural networks with spectral graph theory. In: Design Computing and Cognition ’10. New York: Springer Science and Business Media, pp. 305-323. Paper BibTeX  

2012/07/04 By rcd

Structural form finding using zero-length springs with dynamic mass

zero length springs

Paper presented at the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium, 2011. Abstract: “This paper describes a new method for the form-finding of funicular structures in two or three dimensions using a zero-length spring system with dynamic nodal masses. The resulting found geometry consists of purely axial forces under self-weight, with zero bending moment

2012/07/04 By rcd

Real time engineering feedback during conceptual design

Tower 057

With input from several Architectural practices in Denmark we are currently working on an application which models and evaluates alternative commercial tower typologies in real-time, giving instant performance feedback during the early design stages where the most important decisions are made but also when the least amount of time is available. Evaluation criteria include solar