Biological Patterns for the Design and Fabrication of Shell Structures

-computational design,-fabrication,-material research,-structural design | - online workshop | -Greek/English


Required Skills: Basic knowledge of Rhinoceros/Grasshopper

Required Software: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper

Required Hardware: PC
Maximum number of participating students: 100

The workshop will explore the advantages and limitations of constructing self-supporting minimal shell structures with flexible connectivity and segmentation patterns. In analogy to the biological pattern mechanism of stripe formations, the objective is to explore surface patterns for the purpose of 3d print flat stripes and to perform structural analysis in order to examine vulnerable areas and suggest actions.  A step by step guided workflow will be directly applied and used as a platform for testing ideas using Rhino and Grasshopper plugins (basically Kangaroo, Ivy, Millipede). The proposed design is considering from an early stage the construction logic and material properties. At the end of the workshop, each team will come with a project proposal for 3D printing. References

  • Baquero P, Giannopοulou E., Symeonidou I., (2021) “Porifera Suspended Topologies”, in Virtual Aesthetics. In S. Eloy, A. Kreutzberg and I. Symeonidou (Eds), Architecture: Mixed Realities in Design. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Linkvirtual extra content

  • Baquero P., Giannopoulou E., Osorio D., Montás N. (2020) “Diseño de Estructuras usando Machine Learning” Workshop in 26th International Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics. November 2020, Medellín, Colombia. pp 1024-27. ISSN : 2318-6968  link link

  • Giannopoulou E., Baquero P., Warang A. and Estévez A. T. (2019) “Computational Workflow for Segmented Shell Structures: an ANN Approach for Fabrication Efficiency.”  In Carlos Lázaro, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger and Eugenio Oñate (Eds.), FORM and FORCE: IASS Symposium 2019, 60th Anniversary Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Structural Membranes 2019, 9th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures. International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Barcelona, Spain. Pp.2598.  ISBN: 978-84-121101-0-4. link

  • Giannopoulou E., Baquero P., Warang A., Orciuoli A., Estévez A. T. and Brun-Usan M.A. (2019) “Employing mesh segmentation algorithms as fabrication strategies: Pattern generation based on reaction-diffusion mechanism.” FME Transactions, vol. 47, no. 2, University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, pp. 379-386, 2019.  doi:10.5937/fmet1902379G  link
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timezone: (GMT +3:00) Baghdad, Riyadh, Moscow, St. Petersburg
Start timeEnd timeDescription
2022-06-27 - 19:002022-06-27 - 22:00Introduction to case study
2022-06-29 - 19:002022-05-29 - 22:00Project development
2022-07-01 - 19:002022-07-01 - 22:00Presentation


Effimia Giannopoulou Effimia is a research architect from Thessaloniki, Greece and co-founder of Faberarium Workshops: Fabrication Technologies for Architecture. She has graduated from the Architectural school, Faculty of Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed the MSc in Biodigital Architecture and phD at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. She has organized more than 20 exhibitions and international studios and workshops. She is member of the Genetic Architectures Research Group and Office, and has been collaborate professor in the International Master in Biodigital Architecture, within the Institute for Biodigital Architecture and Genetics (iBAG, UIC, Barcelona).

All workshops will accept 100 applications MAX.