Brick Patterning on Free-Form Surfaces
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With the aim of proposing vaults and domes in contemporary architecture, this paper explores an innovative method to help designers model the brick patterning on a curved surface automatically and interactively, especially during the early design phases, when most important decisions are made. The focus is on the development of a modeling approach to patterning, capable of defining the brick courses, handling mortar thickness, and controlling all the related geometrical issues of free-form surfaces. A computational environment has been developed and implemented to simulate patterning in 3-D space, allowing the user to develop the arrangement of bricks on a desired structure. With this digital tool it is possible to model different kinds of patterns such as stretcher bond or herringbone pattern on any kind of free-form surface, increasing the accuracy and speed of construction and enabling the designer and builder to estimate the brick requirements before fabrication.
KeywordsMasonry vaulting Brick dome Computational morphogenesis Brick pattern Bricklaying Interactive tool Automatic brick pattern modeling
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