Structural Design

The building industry is a major contributor to the excessive consumption of raw materials, the generation of greenhouse gases, and the production of material waste. Tackling this problem requires devising strategies that effectively mitigate the environmental impact of existing and new buildings. The Focus Group „Structural Design“, headed by Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor Pierluigi D’Acunto, explores novel design and construction approaches that enable more efficient use of material resources by taking advantage of the interplay between form and forces in building structures. The research focuses on new computer-aided design methods at the interface between architecture and structural engineering. In this context, we explore equilibrium-based computational design and structural form-finding supported by machine learning. In addition, the Focus Group investigates innovative material systems and construction processes that make use of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication. This includes the development of physical prototypes to validate the effectiveness of the design solutions in terms of environmental impact, structural performance, construction feasibility, and architectural potential.

Selected Publications by the Focus Group

2022

  • Bertagna, Federico; Schwartz, Joseph; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Graphical methods as the key to holistic design: bringing together structural design and solar control strategies. , 2022 mehr…
  • Bertagna, Federico; Schwartz, Joseph; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Graphical methods as the key to holistic design: bringing together structural design and solar control strategies. , 2022 mehr…
  • Bleker, Lazlo; Pastrana, Rafael; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D’Acunto, Pierluigi: Structural Form-Finding Enhanced by Graph Neural Networks. In: Towards Radical Regeneration. Springer International Publishing, 2022 mehr…
  • Bleker, Lazlo; Pastrana, Rafael; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D’Acunto, Pierluigi: Structural Form-Finding Enhanced by Graph Neural Networks. In: Towards Radical Regeneration. Springer International Publishing, 2022 mehr…
  • Guo, Z.; Saldana Ochoa, K.; D'Acunto, P: Enhancing structural form-finding through a text-based AI engine coupled with computational graphic statics. , 2022 mehr…
  • Guo, Zifeng; Saldana Ochoa, Karla; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Enhancing structural form-finding through a text-based AI engine coupled with computational graphic statics. , 2022 mehr…
  • Konstantatou, Marina; Ruiz, Miguel; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Applications of Graphic Statics to the Plastic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures. , 2022 mehr…
  • Konstantatou, Marina; Ruiz, Miguel; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Applications of Graphic Statics to the Plastic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures. , 2022 mehr…
  • Xiao, Yinan; Yuchi, Shen; Hack, Norman; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: A structure-and fabrication-informed strategy for the design of lattice structures with Injection 3D Concrete Printing. , 2022 mehr…
  • Xiao, Yinan; Yuchi, Shen; Hack, Norman; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: A structure-and fabrication-informed strategy for the design of lattice structures with Injection 3D Concrete Printing. , 2022 mehr…

2021

  • Bertagna, Federico; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Moosavi, Vahid: Holistic Design Explorations of Building Envelopes Supported by Machine Learning. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 2021, Vol. 9 No. 1 (2021): Special Issue Powerskin 2021 mehr…
  • Bertagna, Federico; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Moosavi, Vahid: Holistic Design Explorations of Building Envelopes Supported by Machine Learning. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 2021, Vol. 9 No. 1 (2021): Special Issue Powerskin 2021 mehr…
  • Boller, Giulia; D'Acunto, Pierluigi: Structural design via form finding: Comparing Frei Otto, Heinz Isler and Sergio Musmeci. , 2021 mehr…
  • Brütting, Jan; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Hofer, Julian; D’Acunto, Pierluigi: Stock-constrained truss design exploration through combinatorial equilibrium modeling. International Journal of Space Structures 36 (4), 2021, 253-269 mehr…
  • Brütting, Jan; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Hofer, Julian; D’Acunto, Pierluigi: Stock-constrained truss design exploration through combinatorial equilibrium modeling. International Journal of Space Structures 36 (4), 2021, 253-269 mehr…
  • Cao, Ting; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Castellón, Juan José; Tellini, Alessandro; Schwartz, Joseph; Zhang, Hong: Design of prestressed gridshells as smooth poly-hypar surface structures. Structures 30, 2021, 973-984 mehr…
  • Cao, Ting; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Castellón, Juan José; Tellini, Alessandro; Schwartz, Joseph; Zhang, Hong: Design of prestressed gridshells as smooth poly-hypar surface structures. Structures 30, 2021, 973-984 mehr…
  • Pastrana, Rafael; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Oberbichler, Thomas; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Parascho, Stefana: Constrained Form-Finding of Tension-Compression Structures using Automatic Differentiation. , 2021 mehr…
  • Pastrana, Rafael; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; Oberbichler, Thomas; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Parascho, Stefana: Constrained Form-Finding of Tension-Compression Structures using Automatic Differentiation. , 2021 mehr…
  • Wan, Zongshuai; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Cao, Zhenggang; Fan, Feng; Schwartz, Joseph: A form-finding approach for the conceptual design of air-supported structures using 3D graphic statics. Computers & Structures 243, 2021, 106401 mehr…
  • Wan, Zongshuai; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D'Acunto, Pierluigi; Cao, Zhenggang; Fan, Feng; Schwartz, Joseph: A form-finding approach for the conceptual design of air-supported structures using 3D graphic statics. Computers & Structures 243, 2021, 106401 mehr…

2020

  • Saldana Ochoa, Karla; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D’Acunto, Pierluigi; Moosavi, Vahid: Beyond typologies, beyond optimization: Exploring novel structural forms at the interface of human and machine intelligence. International Journal of Architectural Computing 19 (3), 2020, 466-490 mehr…
  • Saldana Ochoa, Karla; Ohlbrock, Patrick Ole; D’Acunto, Pierluigi; Moosavi, Vahid: Beyond typologies, beyond optimization: Exploring novel structural forms at the interface of human and machine intelligence. International Journal of Architectural Computing 19 (3), 2020, 466-490 mehr…