Dienstag, 19. Februar 2019, 19:30 - 22:00 iCal

Public Lecture on "Architectural Geometry"

Public lecture on "Architectural Geometry" in the framework of the GAMM 2019 Annual Meeting by Prof. Helmut Pottmann, KAUST and TU Wien


Universität Wien, Audimax
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Antrittsvorlesung, Public Lecture

Many of today’s most striking buildings are nontraditional freeform shapes. The geometric design of such shapes is well understood, but their realization on the architectural scale is a big challenge. It does not fit well into the traditional sequential workflow of the construction industry. Early stage design focusses on the geometry without sufficiently considering core aspects of engineering and fabrication. This may lead to multiple design changes and a possibly dramatic increase of building costs. We will discuss freeform geometry which is buildable on the architectural scale and address “smart” design tools that assist the user in modeling geometric shapes, while automatically taking into account manufacturing, statics, material economy, and other aspects which have implications on buildability and cost. We will also elaborate on the close relations to contemporary research in geometry and computer graphics, and illustrate the successful usage of architectural geometry research in several prestigious projects.

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Technische Universität Wien

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Mag.(FH) Martina Pöll
Technische Universität Wien
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