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Structurally Informed Digital Design
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

How can integrated structural feedback inform the architect during the early design process? The architectural possibilities and pitfalls of using structural analysis and structural concepts as design parameters are investigated by creating a structurally aware parametric model in collaboration with two engineering students, using the Grasshopper plugin for Rhino. Parallell to the thesis project, during the spring of 2016, Apple has made quick progress in their negotiations for a new flagship store at Kungsträdgården’s north end in Stockholm, a site the company acquired  in the summer of 2015. With the help of the parametric model, a counterproposal in the form of a public structure has been developed on the very same site, suggesting a different approach to the treatment of this key location in Stockholm.  

The project argues for the relevance of parametric tools and methods to be bespoke and informed by the design project.

The parametric model is general to a degree, but by allowing the definitions to be organic and respond to arising constraints and ideas throughout the design process, a lateral approach is possible that would not be practical with a more ossified design system.  

Regarding collaboration, the shared parametric system proved very valuable for architect and engineers alike. The possibility for parallell exploration of the system and fast transfer of design iterations helps tie the architectural and structural concepts together.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 115
Keywords [en]
Computational design, Grasshopper, structural analysis, design engineering, collaboration, Kungsträdgården, architectural folly
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-193683DiVA, id: diva2:1069221
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Master of Architecture - Architecture
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Available from: 2017-02-01 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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