“Designing unreinforced masonry models” by Panozzo, Block and Sorkine-Hornung

  • ©Daniele Panozzo, Philippe Block, and Olga Sorkine-Hornung



Session Title:

    Building Structures & Layouts


    Designing unreinforced masonry models




    We present a complete design pipeline that allows non-expert users to design and analyze masonry structures without any structural knowledge. We optimize the force layouts both geometrically and topologically, finding a self-supported structure that is as close as possible to a given target surface. The generated structures are tessellated into hexagonal blocks with a pattern that prevents sliding failure. The models can be used in physically plausible virtual environments or 3D printed and assembled without reinforcements.


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