Designing the Desert

Modelling the Walls of the UAE Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo


The design and modelling of the walls of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan was a rich and complex challenge in shape research, computational design, digital fabrication and considerations for logistics and construction. This paper will focus on how the shape and textures of the walls of the pavilion were developed and specifically presents a novel method for generating tileable, three-dimensional, sand ripple patterns based on the theory of reaction diffusion equations. The walls were to be panelised by glass fibre reinforced concrete panels and the paper also explains how a multi-objective optimisation approach was applied to maximise the randomness of the placement of the different textured panels under budget and fabrication constraints.


Sand Dune Pareto Front Strength Pareto Evolutionary Algorithm Sand Ripple Ripple Formation 
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The authors would like to thank our colleagues and collaborators in the wider project team.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foster + PartnersCity Hall, LondonUK

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