Towards Controlling Differentiation for Enhancing Architectural Design: Morphogenetic Computational Design for Nonstandard Geometries

By Emmanuel Ruffo Calderon Dominguez.

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The present paper discusses through the pattern formation and organization of flat ornaments applied into nonstandard geometries, a series of strategies that negotiate between morphogenetic processes and topological structures, the integration of aesthetical control where differentiation is a means for pattern formation in architectural design. The case studies presented here explore the relationship between the logics of natural forms with strategies based in computational algorithmic design. This ongoing founded research project discusses the pattern formation of 4D flat structures, which based on the control of morphogenetic processes may consequently produce differentiation. Aside from the latter, the emerging components should approximate the desired complex curvature of a surface; moreover the approach becomes significant when the formed pattern evolves into flat ornaments by controlling the esthetical output of the ornament and the component’s differentiation throughout a nonstandard geometry.

Keywords: Morphogenetic Computational Design Design Strategies, Ornamental Structure, Controlled Differentiation, Optimization, Flat Ornaments, Algorithmic Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.617-628. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.126MB).

Emmanuel Ruffo Calderon Dominguez

Scientific researcher, Institute for Architecture and Media, Technical University TUGraz, Graz, Austria

Emmanuel Ruffo was born in Mexico City. He is the founder of Rethinking Architecture and Rethinking Academic Series. He is an architect, educator and a scientific researcher focused on advanced architectural geometry and on computational evolutionary design methods at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. Currently he is a lecturer on “Digital Processes and Embodied Design” and on “Morphogenetic Computational Design”. He holds the “Best Presentation Prize” from CAAD Futures Conference held in Liege Belgium, the 10 Young Architects Award by TIME CNN in Mexico, ARPAfil 1st Place Award and is part of the Vitro MUVI permanent collection. He is a scientific advisor at the International CAAD Futures, CAADRIA and SiGraDi Conference. Formerly he led the Digital Technologies and Environmental Design Coordination at the School of Architecture Anahuac, in Mexico City. He co-founded the Laboratory for Digital Fabrication. He also has collaborated with Mangera Yvars LLP Architects in London UK; M Fuksas D in Rome, Italy; Cloud 9 and Hybrid_A Studio in Barcelona and with MAD in Beijing China. His research, projects and articles have been published in newspapers, magazines, books and on international exhibitions. He has delivered lectures and public presentations in America, Asia and Europe.


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