Architectural morphogenesis through topology optimization

Roberto Naboni*, Ingrid Paoletti

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This chapter illustrates the main approach for a generative use of structural optimization in architecture. Structural optimization is very typical of sectors like mechanical, automotive engineering, while in architecture it is a less used approach that however could give new possibilities to performative design. Topology Optimization, one of its most developed sub-methods, is based on the idea of optimization of material densities within a given design domain, along with least material used and wasted energy. In the text is provided a description of TO methods and the principles of their utilization. The process of topology optimization of microstructures of cellular materials is represented and illustrated, emphasizing the all-important criteria and parameters for structural design. A specific example is given of the research at ACTLAB, ACB Dept, Politecnico di Milano, of performative design with lattice cellular solid structures for architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Form and Morphogenesis in Modern Architectural Contexts
EditorsDomenico D'Uva
PublisherIGI global
Publication date23. Feb 2018
ISBN (Print)152253993X, 9781522539933
ISBN (Electronic)9781522539940
Publication statusPublished - 23. Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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