Digital design has transformed
the form making process.
Forms can be parametrically generated by algorithmic procedures from user-given parameters for assigned spatial relations.
Another methodology regards design as a language where a vocabulary of basic elements is articulated by a syntax of geometric transformations. This approach is explored in depth in the book Visualizing with CAD, where specific CAD data structures were applied to generate evolving forms. The link between geometric shapes and their structural development is a typical application of this methodology.
One of the most structurally interesting developments is in the replacement of the geometry of vocabulary elements with organic shapes. The symmetry of the geometric relations/syntax integrated with fluid freeform components recalls many shapes found in nature, where form expresses the optimal functional-structural configuration.
Digital forms can be easily exported to a fabrication system such as
rapid prototyping establishing a continuous fluid process --from conceptual ideation to final physical construction.
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