Performative Concrete

During the peak of his career, Pier Luigi Nervi dazzled the world with the audacious expressions in his design of precast-concrete that unified form, structure, and construction. Today, the rapid advancement of BIM encourage integration across an even broader set of design and construction elements. How can we mold geometry using structural performances? Using Millipede for Grasshopper and CNC fabrication, this project explores new prototype that synthesizes finite element analysis into the geometric transformation of its precast structural components.

Program: structural research and prototype
Team: Innes Cheng, Mike Floryan, Vincent Mai
Role: computational design, fabrication. visualization
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
Date: 2015

two-way, continuously supported,
shell prototype

The interior space is characterized by its daylighting and structural expression

design parameterization

load analysis

mapping finite element analysis to material distribution

final prototype mock-up and exhibition