4.491 Form-Finding and Structural Optimization: Gaudi Workshop

As taught in: Fall 2004

A interior photo of the church being worked on.

Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Erik Demaine

Prof. John Ochsendorf

Martin Demaine

Simon Greenwold

Axel Kilian

Prof. Barbara Cutler

Course Features

Course Description

Inspired by the work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, this research workshop will explore three-dimensional problems in the static equilibrium of structural systems. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and architecture, we will develop design tools for determining the form of three-dimensional structural systems under a variety of loads. The goal of the workshop is to develop real-time design and analysis tools which will be useful to architects and engineers in the form-finding of efficient three-dimensional structural systems.