Digital fabrication of a brise-soleil using fractal geometry as generative system

Maycon Sedrez, Rafael de Moraes Meneghel, Gabriela Celani

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Parametric design and digital fabrication are becoming ubiquitous tools to contemporary architecture and imply a different design process. With this new perception of the contemporary production we have designed a façade sun shade using fractal geometry as a generative system. Fractals are complex shapes generated with simple rules, so it is relatively easy to change the final geometry when we work with parameters. The design process made possible the creation of different options for the brise-soleil using parametric definitions. Some solutions were physically modeled using rapid prototyping, which we consider an essential tool in the contemporary design process. The whole process conducted to the conclusion that architects need to incorporate a new set of skills when working with digital fabrication. Keywords: fractal, design process, generative system, digital fabrication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFusion : Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventeCAADe 2014 : Fusion - Data Integration at its best - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201412 Sep 2014
Conference number: 32


ConferenceeCAADe 2014 : Fusion - Data Integration at its best
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne, England


  • fractal geometry,
  • generative system
  • digital fabrication
  • design process


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