ITcon Vol. 17, pg. 283-299,

Structurally intelligent swarms

revised:July 2012
published:September 2012
editor(s):Bhzad Sidawi and Neveen Hamza
authors:Joshua M. Taron, Assistant Professor,
University of Calgary;
summary:The potential afforded by the open search spaces of both agent-based models and evolutionaryengines have given architecture yet another set of computational tools to play with, yet more often than not, theyare used in isolation from one another. This research explores the set of techniques and results of havingcombined swarm formations, FEM software and an evolutionary engine within a parametric modelingenvironment such that they induce structurally intelligent swarm (SIS) morphologies. These morphologies aresituated within normative architectural assemblies by means of parametric grafting techniques. Savage gothicmateriality, as described by John Ruskin, as well as the work of Eva Hesse are referenced as the basis for theseexplorations. Speculations are made as to refining the engineering capabilities, expanding on programmaticapplications and testing integrated SIS assemblies at larger scales when tackling initial problems of adaptivereuse.
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citation:Taron J M (2012). Structurally intelligent swarms, ITcon Vol. 17, Special issue CAAD and innovation, pg. 283-299,