DigitalFUTURE workshop, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2017

Teaming up with ZH|CODE, the Block Research Group organised a RhinoVAULT workshop for the 7th edition of the workshop series DigitalFUTURE Shanghai, organised by Philip F. Yuan and Neil Leach at Tongji University.

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The Rhinoceros Plug-In RhinoVAULT emerged from research on structural form finding using the Thrust Network Analysis (TNA) approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. It provides the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, whilst offering extension to fully three-dimensional problems. Through controlling the (compressive) flow of forces in structures, exciting and efficient shell structures can be explored.

This workshop introduced methods developed to offer designers the ability to explore good structural form and promote topological thinking through intuitive use of Conway operators. The participants gained insights in how form and forces can be controlled in order to steer equilibrium. 



  • Fab-Union, Shanghai - Zhang Liming, Zhou Yifan


Fang Zhihao, Meng Xianchuan, Lu Yao, Wang Yuze, Liu Lingling, Li Mingliang, Pu Haomin, Yang Lingyun, Yang Wenqian, Yu Zhou, Wang Jianqiao, Du Jie, Zhou Baolin,Xu Mingya, Wan Cheng, Yao Jiashu, Zhao qi, Zhang Chunqi, Zhang Liming, Wu Xiaohao 


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