Reconfigurable Domes: Computational design of dry-fit blocks for modular vaulting

S. Bitting, S. Azadi, Pirouz Nourian

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In contrast to the contemporary aesthetic account, Muqarnas are geometrically complex variations of Squinches used for structural integration of rectilinear geometries and curved geometries. Inspired by the historical functionality of Muqarnas, we present a generalized computational workflow for generating dry-fit stacking modules from two-dimensional patterns in order to construct a dome. Similar to Muqarnas these blocks are modular in nature, complex in geometry, and compression-only in their structural behavior. We demonstrate the design of such structures based on the exemplary Penrose pattern and showcase the variations & potentials of this method in comparison to conventional approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th eCAADe
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a new, configurable architecture
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event39th eCAADe Conference: Towards a new, configurable architecture - Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 8 Sep 202110 Sep 2021
Conference number: 39


Conference39th eCAADe Conference
Abbreviated titleeCAADe 2021
CityNovi Sad
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  • Muqarnas
  • Generative Design
  • Modular Design
  • Unreinforced Masonry Architecture
  • Penrose Tiling
  • Workflow Design


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