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Workshop on Construction-Aware Design
March 18 - 19, 2019
Campus Library, Level 3, Room 3118, Seaside

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Repetitive Structures | Design and Construction of Curved Support Structures with Repetitive Elements

14:00 - 15:00 Campus Library, Level 3, Room 3118, Seaside

In his talk, Eike Schling will present a variety of architectural studies which aim to construct gridshells from repetitive parts.

In his talk, Eike Schling will present a variety of architectural studies which aim to construct gridshells from repetitive parts. For this purpose, he introduces a theoretical framework that enables a systematic design and an analysis of the repetitive quality of doubly curved grid structures. The key is to consider both geometric as well as constructive criteria to allow for a repetitive fabrication of parts. 

Close up of the Asymptotic Gridshell Pavillion in Munich, showing a singularity within the quadrilateral asymptotic grid.

Eike has extensively studied such “repetitive structures” in both his research and teaching. His examples utilize various methods: Through digital sensitivity studies he investigates the impact of specific geometric parameters; in creative, experimental design studios, he conducts ‘research by design’ to develop modular shells; and finally, the theories of differential geometry are implemented to deduce a morphology of smooth networks. 
Eikes studies not only reveal fundamental principles and dependencies within repetitive design, but also show the great potential and aesthetics of such structures. A novel design method – asymptotic networks on minimal surfaces – allows for the construction of strained gridshells from straight lamellas and orthogonal nodes. Construction of a prototypical structure, the Asymptotic Gridshell, was completed in Munich in 2017.