Advances in computational techniques allow for the integration of simulation in the initial design phase of architecture. This approach extends the range of the architectural intent to performative aspects of the overall structure and its elements. However, this also changes the process of design from the primacy of geometrical concerns to the negotiation between encoded parameters. Material behavior was the focus of the research project that led to the Dermoid 1:1 demonstrator build in Copenhagen. Dermoid was a 1:1 prototype, plywood structure that explored how the induced flex of plywood meets structural loads. The integration of simulation tools into the digital design and fabrication process allows producing bespoke members. Contrary to the ease of the concept its realization needed in depth collaboration between engineers, architects and the use of a wide range of customized computational tools. The project challenge today’s protocols in design and production and emphasizes the importance of feedback channels in more holistic design and building practice.
Simaud 2012: Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, Orlando, Usa, 2012, p. 5-12
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