CAAD THEORY | 051-0732-12L | WAHLFACH| FS12
In the course we will develop a computer-based approach to designing sacred spaces.
Cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, and temples of all religions often present incredible spacial impressions. The diversity of their forms – both in terms of structure and ornament – goes far beyond a mere functionalism. Their rooms contain a great wealth of geometric patterns, icons and symbols. The design of these buildings often follows clearly defined, explicit rules. We will analyze these rules and redesign and encode them in the form of algorithms.
We will work with the methodology of “Shape Grammars”, a formal language for generating design that was initially conceived in the early days of CAD. With today’s computers – which are millions of times more powerful – we hope to arrive at a new level of computer-generated architecture:
Not only single objects, but entire families of structures are to be calculated by the computer. Their spatial complexity would be unachievable – and perhaps even inconceivable – using traditional means. We seek to develop high-resolution architectures with imaginative and previously unseen space impressions.
We will work with the Processing programming environment. For the course no programming skills are required. The focus of the course is not on programming, but rather on developing sets of rules to generate structure and ornament.
Dates: Introduction on monday, 20.02. at 1pm, regular weekly mondays, from 1pm-3pm.
Location: HPZ, Geschoss F
Further information: www.caad.arch.ethz.ch
Supervision: Benjamin Dillenburger, Michael Hansmeyer, Hua Hao
simple subdivide script
example obj file
files, monday 2.04.12
example file (including new rules for holes // inner faces)
Download Meshgrammar Class Taiwan:
copy the folders inside the folder libraries in your processing sketchbook location
copy the folder subdivision applet on your desktop