algorithmic modeling for Rhino

Parametric Wall

As a means to get things started, I am posting an early parametric project that was designed for a gallery installation at the School. Using block surfaces, I developed a wall in which each part would be specific to its location in the assembly. Each block could work to brace one another, giving the system an accumulated rigidity.

Another key aspect of this research is in the investigation of material efficient form that can be completely nested on a clay or gips material. While this project is not zero waste, one can see the potential of such forms from a flat sheet.

The Parametric Walls project involves accumulating networks of simplified geometrical parts into larger useful whole masses. In this example, for a retaining wall system, Unit is designed to precisely interlock with its neighbor, allowing for a wall that curves in both plan and section, and therefore allows for a more precise distribution of weight and force both laterally and vertically. The primary intended uses for this particular system are as retaining walls for soil as well as strategic break-walls for tides and coastal wave surges.

The parametric wall system generates units geometry, subtracts material overlaps, and organizes stacking of customized bricks to offset horizontal loading pattern. Parawall requires less vertical load than typical retaining wall systems, and produces a more strategically calculated "lean" efficient, which better offsets soil pressure on retention side.

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