Reconstruction Methods for Freeform and Solid Geometry

Panelization as a Method to Rationalize Freeform Geometry and Subdivide Solid Geometry

-Peer Reviewed Article for d3:dialog Assembly Journal © 2009



This paper presents panelization as a method that rationalizes freeform geometry and uniquely subdivides solid geometry.  These applications of panelization are based on constructive analysis of complex geometries that support fabrication technologies and work to achieve design aspirations toward freedom of form.  By using algorithmic approaches, panelization is developed by establishing relationships between points and wireframes (grids) that define a form and the surface of the form itself.  Through the comparison of applications to freeform and solid geometrical types, form and mathematical relationships are redefined to demonstrate clear systems of logic.  Also, the constructability of approaches is assessed by considering the repetitiveness of components and the degree of curvature.  This study is based on data registered at points, and the assemblage of this data in the reconstruction of freeform and solid geometry.  Finally, this rationalized and systematized design process is directly linked to the mass customization[i] of building components, the new fabrication industry associated with the development of computer aided design tools in the architectural field.

[i] Stephen Kieran, James Timberlake, Refabricating Architecture, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2004, xii