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, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 195–208 | Cite as

Architectural Geometry and Fabrication-Aware Design

  • Helmut Pottmann


Freeform shapes and structures with a high geometric complexity play an increasingly important role in contemporary architecture. While digital models are easily created, the actual fabrication and construction remains a challenge. This is the source of numerous research problems many of which fall into the area of Geometric Computing and form part of a recently emerging research area, called “Architectural Geometry”. The present paper provides a short survey of research in Architectural Geometry and shows how this field moves towards a new direction in Geometric Modeling which aims at combining shape design with important aspects of function and fabrication.


architectural geometry freeform architecture discrete differential geometry geometric computing computational design design space exploration fabricationaware design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King Abdullah University of Science and TechnologyThuwalSAUDI ARABIA

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