16- 17 April, 2011
Geometric Modeling & Scientific Visualization (GMSV) Center,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Geometrically complex shapes play an increasingly important role in contemporary architecture. While digital models involving freeform geometry are easily created, the actual fabrication and construction of such structures remains a challenge. In order to make a freeform design realizable, a process known as rationalization is applied. Rationalization simplifies the original design in view of the actual fabrication and financial constraints, while preserving the original design intent as much as possible. A rationalized design is the output of a possibly very complicated nonlinear optimization, and it is very hard to make changes to such a highly constrained geometric model.
Winning Entries of Student Competition 2011
We encourage all students from universities within the ARAB region to explore methods for innovative gemetrical explorations of the islamic tiling method known as zellij (زليج).
The exploration should respond to the challenge of applying zellij to a curved surface.
Workshop and conference
Advances in Architectural Geometry
Workshops: September 18-19, 2010
Conference: September 20-21, 2010
Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the final construction. Modern geometric computing provides a variety of tools for the efficient design, analysis, and manufacturing of complex shapes. On the one hand this opens up new horizons for architecture. On the other hand, the architectural context also poses new problems to geometry. Around these problems the research area of architectural geometry is emerging. It is situated at the border of applied geometry and architecture.
This symposium will bring together researchers from the fields of architecture and geometry to discuss recent advances in research and practice and to identify and address the most challenging problems. We aim at connecting researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. The event consists of two parts, two days of hands-on workshops followed by two days of oral and poster presentations in conference style, including four keynote speakers.
This conference is intended to be the premier venue for disseminating new research ideas and cutting-edge results at the interface of geometry processing and architectural design. Accepted papers will be published in a conference volume by Springer Verlag.
Please register here.
Summer Training program for Students
The program offers an intensive training provided by academic professionals and industrial top experts, where students get first-hand and systematic experience. All the courses are taught in English and the communication language is English.
Applicants should be in their second or third year of studies in one of the following or strongly related fields:
- Computer Science
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Deadline for applications:
30 May 2010
Geometry in Architecture and Building Design
We encourage all students from universities from the ARAB region to explore methods for innovative geometrical
exploration of the traditional Islamic and/or Arabian forms of sun filtering architecture. The exploration should
respond to an example of your choice.
- Document an existing traditional permanent sun-shading architectural element;(e.g. روشان roshan; مشربية
mashrabiya; منجور mangor; شناشيل shanashil.....)
- Graphically demonstrate the underlying geometries discovered within the object;
- Innovate – give your brise soleil a ‘heartbeat’ - through modification (e.g. of scale, material, function, movement, etc), find a way to make your object come to life. Alternatively, you may design a contemporary evolution of the selected traditional brise soleil.
Friday 4 June 2010; 23:59 GMT.
* Brise soleil, sometimes brise-soleil (breez-soh-ley, from French, "sun breaker"), in architecture refers to a variety of permanent sun-shading techniques, ranging from the simple patterned concrete walls popularized by Le Corbusier to the elaborate wing-like mechanism devised by Santiago Calatrava for the Milwaukee Art Museum or the mechanical, pattern-creating devices of the Institut du Monde Arabe by Jean Nouvel. Defined by Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.
Workshop on Geometry in Architecture and Building Design
Geo - ARAB - Design 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
|Building 1, Level 4, Room 4212|
|Organized by: GMSV|
Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the final construction. Modern geometric computing provides a variety of tools for the efficient design, analysis, and manufacturing of complex shapes.