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ISSN: 2168-9717

Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology

  • Research Article   
  • J Archit Eng Tech 2012, Vol 1(2): 2
  • DOI: 10.4172/2168-9717.1000104

Interdisciplinary Research-based Design: the Case of a kinetic form-active Tensile Membrane

Marios C. Phocas1*, Odysseas Kontovourkis1 and Tasos Ioannou2
1Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos St, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
2Staatliche HochschulefürBildendeKünste - Städelschule, uuml;rerstraße 10, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, F.R., Germany
*Corresponding Author : Marios C. Phocas, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos St, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus, Tel: +357-22892969, Fax: +357-22895056, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jul 18, 2012 / Accepted Date: Nov 19, 2012 / Published Date: Nov 26, 2012

Abstract

In the last years it is increasingly acknowledged that advances in digital technology are paving the way to achieve integrated interdisciplinary design, a type of practice that covers a mindset of collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication and experimentation, visualization and research at all stages of the architectural design process. Along these lines interdisciplinary research is necessary to engage complex topics that bridge between design and engineering. An open loop design methodology of interdisciplinary physical and digital investigations from the conceptual development up to the detailed physical prototyping is proposed in the current paper. The approach is exemplified with the design of a kinetic form-active membrane system. Membrane surfaces comprise the basic component of the hybrid system developed, whereas any form modification is activated through the system’s cablenet and struts. The interactive platform of investigation, based on physical- and digital modelling serves for the definition of the system’s adaptability, its composition and the structural components design.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary research; Digital modelling

Citation: Phocas MC, Kontovourkis O, Ioannou T (2012) Interdisciplinary Researchbased Design: the Case of a kinetic form-active Tensile Membrane. J Archit Eng Tech 1: 104. Doi: 10.4172/2168-9717.1000104

Copyright: ©2012 Phocas MC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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