Concept of adaptability in associative design

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Associative modelling, parametric modelling, research, TopSolid

Institution: IAAC, Barcelona

Design: Agata Kycia

Tutor: MartinSobota

Status: Master Thesis

Year: 2008

This project aims at exploring concept of adaptability and the role of computer in the design process, focusing on on the associative software as a basic design tool, investigating potentials of component-based methodology and modular coordination.

It is a proposal of fully automated design process being able to adapt to any input, negotiating the relation between intuitive manual sketch and advanced computation in the design process. Having set simple interface where input is a sketch, everyone can easily influence the design and adjust it to his/her needs.

The design itself is an adaptable architecture gallery floating on the River Thames in London, being able to adjust to several external conditions (requirements of certain exhibitions, weather conditions, level of water, special events in the city aso…)

How does the design process work?

The process starts with a drawing of the required walking area on the given grid (in black), where one pixel is one plane. Based on the sketch several variations of pictures are being proposed (adding tones of grayscale to the grid). Later the RGB data is being translated into different angles that drive the parametric model. Whenever new drawing is inserted, the whole process repeats and the project updates itself.

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