Reading Response: Architectural Geometry – Helmut Pottmann

Although every rarametrics and modeling class tends to begin with a reading about developable surfaces how ever it is not for nothing. Developable surface are still the most efficient means of fabricating more complex designs. When developing parametrics designs this means that utilizing cylindrical shapes, conical shapes, and tangental shapes or any part there of lends itself to a buildable design. Developable surfaces and panelization lends itself to metal fabrication, glass facade, plywood and some plastics. However anything not developable must be CNCed or utilize some of the more experimental fabrication techniques. Although developable and pannelized surfacing doesn’t push the limits of digital fabrication it does appeal to the more cost effect side equation.

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