Form-finding in Digital Architecture – A Case Study of Tower Designs
Form-finding has been facilitated by the rapid development in digital modeling and simulation, leading to unexpected geometries. The paper aims to identify how the digital computation can assist form-finding at the conceptual stage of tower design. A review of published works on form-finding in virtual and real practices was conducted. A framework for form-finding in digital design was developed including methods, the sources of decision making, processes, and techniques. Digital form-finding is investigated in five contemporary tower designs which showed that form-finding method is a process-oriented or (and) outcome-oriented, guided by intuition or (and) rationality, acting dually as generative and modification processes, and using simulation for testing and verification besides other form-finding techniques.
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