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Showcase of Hypars

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In collaboration with Oliver Tessmann, Professor for Digital Design, in the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.

This is an exploration of the Hyperbolic paraboloid surface departing from a computational parametric description to the final materialization both from sheet material and as cast objects.


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“In this research the hyperbolic paraboloid is an instrument to explore the relationships between the virtual, mathematical form and the materialized object in a bi-directional design process. We produced prototypes and developed a dynamic formwork that enables casting of concrete objects with various shapes using one formwork. The approach is an alternative to the repetitive notion of conventional rigid formwork systems and the formal limitation of flexible fabric formwork. Constraints that originate from fabrication, construction and economy became the design driver in our research.” Link to our publication; Hy[perbolic] par[aboloid] Matter and geometry in a generative dialogue. 





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