Technical Papers

Building Structures & Layouts

Wednesday, 24 July 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Session Chair: Bedrich Benes, Purdue University

Designing Unreinforced Masonry Models

An algorithm that converts an input shape into a best-fitting, unreinforced masonry model. The generated structures are tessellated into hexagonal blocks, with a pattern that prevents sliding failure. The model can be used in physically plausible virtual environments or 3D printed and assembled without reinforcements.

Daniele Panozzo
ETH Zürich

Philippe Block
ETH Zürich

Olga Sorkine-Hornung
ETH Zürich

Computing Self-Supporting Surfaces By Regular Triangulation

This paper provides a novel and natural way to parameterize the space of self-supporting networks. The parameterization is based on the 2D regular triangulation and its dual. With the aid of this parameterization, we explore the design space of
self-supporting surfaces and propose various geometry processing techniques.

Yang Liu
Microsoft Research Asia

Hao Pan
The University of Hong Kong

John Snyder
Microsoft Research

Wenping Wang
The University of Hong Kong

Baining Guo
Microsoft Research Asia

On the Equilibrium of Simplicial Masonry Structures

This paper introduces a discrete theory of self-supporting simplicial masonry structures of arbitrary topology, in which compressive, statically admissible stress fields exactly balance vertical loads. Computational tools to generate self-supporting surfaces are then derived, offering an order-of-magnitude improvement in efficiency over previous work.

Fernando de Goes
California Institute of Technology

Pierre Alliez
INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée

Houman Owhadi
California Institute of Technology

Mathieu Desbrun
California Institute of Technology

Reciprocal Frame Structures Made Easy

This paper presents an interactive computational tool to support design and realization of large reciprocal-frame (RF) structures. Users can quickly sketch designs with a wide variety of RF patterns and interactively modify their appearance and parameters with preview, while the tool ensures the design's structural connectivity and coherence.

Chi-Wing Fu*
Nanyang Technological University

Peng Song*
Nanyang Technological University

Goswami Prashant
Nanyang Technological University

Jianmin Zheng
Nanyang Technological University

Niloy J. Mitra
University College London

Daniel Cohen-Or
Tel Aviv University

* Joint primary authors.