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A Landscape of 3D Printed Skyscrapers

Theme: SIGGRAPH Core

In a visit to an architectural studio, an architect stated that he was "writing the façade" of the skyscraper he was designing. When asked what he meant by "writing," he corrected himself and said that he was "scripting" it. The studio was packed with scale models of buildings, a known practice among architects, and some of these models were generated using digital fabrication methods. The availability and use of new fabrication methods coupled with increasing numbers of architects and designers versed in computer programming, has opened the possibilities to designing by using generative and parametric tools, and rapidly producing process models of these buildings.

The SIGGRAPH 2008 Design and Computation exhibition invited a number of architectural offices to contribute 3D printed models of skyscrapers. These may be completed projects, projects in progress, competition submissions, or concept work. The models represent a glimpse into the architects' design process, where numerous variations are explored, and overall form and façade articulation are developed while creating a skyscraper.

Architecture Research Office
Evan Douglis Studio
Foster + Partners
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Zaha Hadid Architects

This SIGGRAPH 2008 curated project was made possible through generous 3D printing donations from:

York Technical College/3D Systems
RedEye ARC
EOS of North America, Inc.