Research

A collection of ongoing research strands and computational interests.

Curved Crease Folding (CCF)
A fabrication method whereby sheets are folded along curvalinear crease patterns to impart structural rigidity instead of flexibility , origami. (Huffman, Resch, Demaine, Sweeney, Bhooshan).
~survey of fabrication techniques
~analogue fabrication CCF techniques for limited space & tooling
~a survey of  digital methods of CCF computation (interactive modelling)
~a survey of analogue methods of CCF generation (pleat, skeleton, surface)
~credits and references

Rigid Origami (RO)
A fabrication method whereby thick sheet materials are folded along crease patterns to address issues of increasing scale and complexities of composite construction by abandoning the hypothetical “zero thickness” material. (Edmonton, Hoberman, Tachi, Wood)
~a survey of folding applications utilising rigid materials (auxetics fabric, formwork plywood, micro robotics metals)
~a primer on the constraints and complexities of composite construction in rigid origami
~a survey of scale implementation in rigid origami

Ruled & Developable Surfaces
The former being a special geometric set that is curved in one surface direction while linear in the other while the latter, a subset, is also unrollable without distortion onto a flat sheet. The usage of which is particularly suited for ubiquitous cutting and milling of flat sheets in addition to more recent and innovative formwork cutting approaches using a robot fitted with a hot wire cutting blade. (Antoni Gaudi, Mark Burry, Felix Candela).
~workflow use of particle string simulation to solve for develop ability and planarity
~workflow optimisation for hot wire cut formwork generation

Topology Optimization (TO)
a mathematical method that optimizes material layout within a given design space, for a given set of loads, boundary conditions and constraints with the goal of maximizing the performance of the system. material reduction governed by internal stress strain patterns. (Bendsoe, Chan, Sigmund, Sondergaard, Rovanovsky, Block)

 

Organizational Logics (Particle Simulation)
The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be digitally simulated through a series of input parameters and environmental constraints to discover architectural geometry through a process of digital form finding. (Euler, Taylor, Runge-Kutta, )
~Aggregation Systems: Electromagnetism
~Aggregation Systems: Diffuse Limited (DLA)
~Vector Fields
~Tidal Physics
~Particulate Aggregation
~Reaction Diffusion

Geometric Processing & Utilities
The creation of bespoke tools for translating, generating, and extracting data, and geometric features. Elements created to streamline, automate, and expedite the procedural generation of geometry.
~ a comparative analysis of centerline, medial axis, and shock graphing generation methods
~shock graphing for topology optimization post-processing
~analogue methods for remeshing optimization results