Visual-Physical Design Grammars
Theme: SIGGRAPH Core
Two complementary areas of computational design are brought together in this work. The visual, aesthetic aspects of the research are explored through shape grammars. The physical design and manufacturing aspects are explored through advanced digital design and fabrication technologies.
The project builds on recent work on mono-material, interlocking component-based assemblies with parts that can be fabricated with CNC machines and assembled easily by-hand. Its goal is to develop new kinds of low-cost, high-quality, mass-customizable assembly systems that provide visually rich design variations for housing and other small structures.
The building systems are intended to be tailored for particular cultures and communities by incorporating local, vernacular, decorative design into the assembly design. The long-term objective of this research is development of visual-physical design grammars with rules that generate complete CAD/CAM data for fabrication of full-scale components for assembly design variations.
Ayodh Vasant Kamath
Massachusetts Institute of Technology