POLYBRICK 2.0: Bio-Integrative Load Bearing Structures
Lu, Yao; Birol, Eda Begum; Sekkin, Ege; Johnson, Colby; Moy, David; Islam, Yaseen; Sabin, Jenny
Natural load-bearing structures are characterized by aspects of specialized morphology, lightweight, adaptability, and a regenerative life cycle. PolyBrick 2.0 aims to learn from and apply these characteristics in the pursuit of revitalizing ceramic load-bearing structures. For this, algorithmic design processes are employed, whose physical manifestations are realized through available clay/porcelain additive manufacturing technologies (AMTs). By integrating specialized expertise across disciplines of architecture, engineering, and material science, our team proposes an algorithmic toolset to generate PolyBrick geometries that can be applied to various architectural typologies. Additionally, comparative frameworks for digital and physical performance analyses are outlined. Responding to increasing urgencies of material efficiency and environmental sensibility, this project strives to provide for designers a toolset for environmentally responsive, case-specific design, characterized by the embedded control qualities derived from the bone and its adaptability to specific loading conditions. Various approaches to brick tessellation and assembly are proposed and architectural possibilities are presented. As an outcome of this research, PolyBrick 2.0 is effectively established as a Grasshopper plug-in, “PolyBrick” to be further explored by designers.
bio-integrative; natural load-bearing structures; algorithmic design; additive manufacturing; ellipsoid packing
Previously Published As
Eda Begum Birol, Yao Lu, Ege Sekkin, Colby Johnson, David Moy, Yaseen Islam, and Jenny Sabin. 2019. “POLYBRICK 2.0: Bio-Integrative Load Bearing Structures.” In ACADIA 19:UBIQUITY AND AUTONOMY [Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-578-59179-7] (The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Austin, Texas 21-26 October, 2019) Pp. 222-233.
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