Woven Space Truss and Morphogenetic Structural Flow/Form Models

Posted By Charles Lee

I have been exploring complex space frame weave patterns in Revit and like the results check it out! I have also been exploring new morpogenesis software from solidthinking here is a few snapshots.

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7 thoughts on “Woven Space Truss and Morphogenetic Structural Flow/Form Models

  1. Great Space-Frame-work.
    Can you discuss your (parametric) workflow in Revit??

    I have not yet worked with parametric or generative workflows in Revit, but I hope it is being influenced by Robert Aish and his former development of Generative Components at Bentley.

    • I worked with Sean Alhquist in Beta testing Generative Components. I now Beta test Revit Conceptual tools through my job at HOK as a BIM Project Leader. Generative components had a more robust toolset for very precise and controlable geometry, however the interface verged on programming and many of the commands were hermetic and you needed an insider tutor to learn many of the more exciting features. It lacked communication with outside software and I never learned the rest of the features of Microstation so its relationship within a larger BIM project was never understood by me in that case. The Revit tools in the conceptual mass platform are very well integrated into the overall Revit BIM project including schedules and more traditional BIM building tools. I was very excited when Robert moved to Autodesk, his work is much more secretive than the more opensource approach of generative components. They are being more competitive with things like Autodesk Labs now which is similar to Rhino Labs. Specifically within the revit conceptual tools I can see Roberts influence in the use of adaptive points and there planes. Also how those points work on splines and surfaces. Some new tools seem to be the result of lessons learned from previous explorations in GC. I also have seen some very exciting white papers come from Robert using the great physics engines autodesk has control of and I look forward to the generative possibilities they may offer revit. The adaptive component feature is a great addition this last year as well as the new tools brought in from Ecotect (Solar Shading tool and Solar Radiance tool) and the robust toolset for image production makes representing designs more exciting and much easier. Those are just a few of my thoughts on your query but if you have more questions I would be happy to answer them.

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  3. Hi Charles,

    I am a third year architecture student at Penn State University, and stumbled upon your page looking for tutorials on how to create weaved structures in Revit. I was wondering if you had any tips or insight into where I could find more information on making these forms, or how I should begin the modeling process. Thanks.

    • I would first study geometric and mathematical principals of weaving either in fabric textiles or biological proteins etc George Jeromindis has done some interesting engineering research on the topic. Also Sean Ahlquist at Michigan through his work with Achime Memges at Stuttgart. Then I would go to the Autodesk website and also Zach krons website and do or watch all tutorials on Dynamo plugin as it will give you the best control over the modeling. Then I would have fun and experiment until you stumble upon something amazing that can make the world a better place and then present that

  4. Hi , can you tell me plz how did u make this organic conections in revit ? I mean like zaha hadid design i tried a milion way to design this in revit but that is like almost impossible so plz tell me if there is am addon or plugin for revit lets u do that

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