PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Peter von Bülow
Branching columns are supporting structures that branch outward to support a surface structure. Like a tree, the branches usually stem from a single “trunk”. Numerous built examples have been produced since the initial inspiring studies made by Frei Otto in the early 1960s.
The optimal form of these structures depends on both the branching topology and the load applied. Different methods, either with models or with programs, can be used to find the best form. For example, tension-only tread models can be used to investigate branching geometries that will perform as pure compression structures.
The form exploration of the structure shown in this project was carried out with ParaGen, an exploration method based on a Non-Destructive Dynamic Population Genetic Algorithm (NDDP-GA). The method cycles through parametrically generated forms produced by the breeding of selected solutions. The forms are then evaluated and results are stored in a SQL database for further breeding and exploration.