Freeform architecture and discrete differential geometry

Helmut Pottmann*, Johannes Wallner

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Freeform structures play an important role within contemporary architecture. While there is a wealth of excellent tools for the digital design of free-form geometry, the actual fabrication on the architectural scale is a big challenge. Key issues in this context are free-form surfaces composed of panels which can be manufactured at reasonable cost, and the geometry and statics of the support structure. The present article is an extended abstract of a talk on the close relation between geometric computing for free-form architecture and discrete differential geometry. It addresses topics such as skins from planar, in particular quadrilateral panels, geometry and statics of supporting structures, structures in force equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiscrete Geometry for Computer Imagery - 20th IAPR International Conference, DGCI 2017, Proceedings
EditorsWalter G. Kropatsch, Nicole M. Artner, Ines Janusch
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319662718
StatePublished - 2017
Event20th IAPR International Conference on Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery, DGCI 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Sep 19 2017Sep 21 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10502 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th IAPR International Conference on Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery, DGCI 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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