Formal descriptions of material manipulations an exploration with cuts and shadows

Benay Gürsoy, Iestyn Jowers, Mine Özkar

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Shape computation in design is never purely limited to visual aspects and ideally includes material aspects as well. The physicality of designing introduces a wide range of variables for designers to tackle within the design process. We present a simple design exercise realised in four stages where we physically manipulate perforated cardboard sheets as a case to make material variables explicit in the computation. The emphasis is on representing sensory aspects rather than easily quantifiable properties more suitable for simulations. Our explorations demonstrate the use of visual rules to represent actions, variables and form as well as how to control the variables to create new results, both desired and surprising, in materially informed ways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-457
Number of pages19
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
StatePublished - 2015
Event16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design, CAAD 2015 - São Paulo, Brazil
Duration: Jul 8 2015Jul 10 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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