4.491 Form-Finding and Structural Optimization: Gaudi Workshop

Fall 2004

Sagrada familia.
Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)

Course Highlights

This course features the full set of assignments from the semester, and a set of lecture notes on modeling software.

Course Description

Inspired by the work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, this research workshop will explore three-dimensional problems in the static equilibrium of structural systems. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and architecture, we will develop design tools for determining the form of three-dimensional structural systems under a variety of loads. The goal of the workshop is to develop real-time design and analysis tools which will be useful to architects and engineers in the form-finding of efficient three-dimensional structural systems.
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Prof. Erik Demaine
Prof. John Ochsendorf
Barbara Cutler
Martin Demaine
Simon Greenwold
Axel Kilian

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session