Ruled Surfaces for Rationalization and Design in Architecture

In this work we address the challenges in the realization of free-form architecture and complex shapes in general with the technical advantages of ruled surfaces. We propose a geometry processing framework to approximate (rationalize) a given shape by one or multiple strips of ruled surfaces. We discuss techniques to achieve an overall smooth surface and develop a parametric model for the generation of curvature continuous surfaces composed of ruled surface strips. We illustrate the usability of the proposed process at hand of several projects, where the pipeline has been applied to compute NC data for mould production and to rationalize large parts of free-form facades.

BibTeX Entry:

      author = "Simon Fl{\"o}ry and Helmut Pottmann",
      title = "Ruled Surfaces for Rationalization and Design in Architecture",
      booktitle = "LIFE in:formation. On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture",
      year = 2010,
      pages = "103-109",
      publisher = "Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)",
      editor = "Aaron Sprecher and Shai Yeshayahu and Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa",
      note = "Proc. ACADIA 2010",

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