Performative Tectonics

Robotic Fabrication Methodology Towards Complexity
  • Philip F. YuanEmail author
  • Hao Meng
  • Pradeep Devadass


This chapter addresses the challenges facing current contemporary practices in the development and execution of complex designs by discussing the integration of computational design and digital fabrication methods in the project Light-Vault. The project shows the development of a vault created through the aggregation of several dissimilar component sin which the interior volume is carved out, leading to the formation of ruled surfaces. Porosity of the component is parametrically designed through a genetic algorithm controlled by multiple fitness criteria. In parallel, the project explores and implements the potential of robotic technology by developing personalized robotic tools and production techniques to quickly shape volumes with a hot-wire cutting process. Algorithms are developed to ensure design thinking and fabrication procedures are simultaneously developed in a, non-linear, parallel performance based process. This cumulative cohesive process between advanced digital and physical computation methods is translated through a full-scale built pavilion.


Ruled surfaces Genetic algorithm Hot-wire cutting Robotic fabrication technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture and Urban PlanningTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Archi-Union ArchitectsShanghaiChina

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