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Compressive assemblies: Bottom-up performance for a new form of construction

Block P., Rippmann M. and Van Mele T.
AD Architectural Design
Wiley
2017

This contribution demonstrates through historical references and the latest research by the Block Research Group that paradigm-shifting innovations can be achieved by favouring compressive flows during and after assembly, for the purposes of reducing or even totally eliminating falsework, simplifying connection details, using weak materials, and fully embracing novel fabrication technologies, such as 3D-printing strategies, in order to significantly reduce the embodied energy of constructions.

BibTeX

@article{Block2017,
    author  = "Block, P. and Rippmann, M. and Van Mele, T.",
    title   = "Compressive assemblies: Bottom-up performance for a new form of construction",
    journal = "AD Architectural Design",
    year    = "2017",
    volume  = "",
    number  = "",
    pages   = "104-109",
    month   = "July/August",
    doi     = "",
    note    = "Special issue S. Tibbits (Ed.) - Autonomous Assembly: Designing for a new era of collective construction - forthcoming",
}

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Block P., Rippmann M. and Van Mele T.Structural Stone Surfaces: New compression shells inspired by the past,AD Architectural Design,85(5): 74 - 79,2015 (September/October).Special issue A. Menges (Ed.) - Material Synthesis: Fusing the Physical and the Computational.
Frick U., Van Mele T. and Block P.Decomposing three-dimensional shapes into self-supporting discrete element assemblies,Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium 2015,Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Gengnagel, C., Faircloth, B. and Scheurer, F. (editors),: 187-201,Springer International PublishingCopenhagen,2015.
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