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October 18, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Join Daniel Segraves, Senior Computational Designer of CORE studio, for the workshop STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION STRATEGIES at ACADIA 2018! 


In collaboration with CORE studio and HKS | LINE, this workshop will introduce structural optimization strategies, focusing on those relevant to lattice systems, and include an in-depth project research module. We propose to use Dynamo for Revit, Autodesk Robot, and various related plugins for Dynamo (‘Structural Analysis for Dynamo’, ‘DynaShape’, etc). The introduction will cover a number of structural optimization strategies typically employed by the tutors, in practice. This involves intelligent development of parametric solution spaces as the core framework. Building on this are principles of optimization for many typologies, such as shell, plate, arch, catenary forms, etc. We will build an analysis workflow – assigning structural properties (loads, fixities, materials) and establishing a two-way exchange between Dynamo and Robot. The final step, the optimization, would investigate both ‘material’ optimizations (section sizes, thicknesses, topology) and ‘geometric’ optimization –pattern, angles, locations, etc. We will cover different stochastic engines, easily designed iterative processes, and the potential for machine learning application. For the second stage of the workshop we propose to focus on a line of inquiry that HKS and TT have been refining and experimenting with for a few years now. We call this approach ‘Forcefield’. It is a methodology designed for fast, sophisticated optimization of lattice structures. These include space-frames, grid-shells, and other discretized frame matrices. This approach involves programmed syntactic response of the framing systems to simulated stresses in a shell simile. This method is designed to infuse structural intelligence into the schematic design exploration of complex roof structures such as stadia. As a final stage the workshop will involve guided group work on in-depth research projects as defined by the attendees. This can include retrospective analysis of historic, iconic roof structures, current projects, or experimental investigations. HKS LINE and Thornton Tomasetti CORE Studio have a long history of experience with special structures and design experimentation to draw from for the purpose of this workshop and these group projects.

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October 18, 2018
October 20, 2018




Universidad Iberoamericana
Prolongacion Paseo de Reforma 880
Lomas de Santa Fe, 01219 Mexico
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