Workshop 3: Calibrated and Interactive Modelling of Form-Active Hybrid Structures

Calibrated Modelling of Form-Active Hybrid Structures - example of a tower structure from Smart Geometry 2016

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Anders Holden Deleuran (CITA/KADK), Daniel Piker (Fosters + Partners, Robert McNeel & Associates) and Cecilie Brandt-Olsen (Format Engineers)

Duration / Cost:

2 days / CHF 160 (CHF 80 for students)


64bit Windows computer
Rhino 5

Maximum number of participants:



Form-Active Hybrid Structures (FAHS) couple two or more different structural elements with low stiffness (such as slender beams, cables and membranes) into one structural assembly of high stiffness. They offer high load-bearing capacity at a fraction of the weight of traditional building elements and do so with a clear formal language of force-flow and equilibrium. The design of FAHS is limited by one significant restriction: geometry definition, form-finding/shaping and structural analysis is typically performed in separate software packages which introduces interruptions and poor design feedback. The mechanical precision, stability and open software architecture of Kangaroo2 has facilitated the development of novel modelling pipelines which tackle this challenge and enable powerful materially-informed sketching for exploratory topology modelling with integrated structural analysis. The goal of the workshop is to disseminate this knowledge and the methods needed to build such pipelines with a particular focus on structural and computational modelling principles.


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