Brick patterns on shells using geodesic coordinates
Paper in proceeding, 2017

We present two separate strategies for generating brick patterns on free form shells and vaults using geodesic coordinates. The brickwork is specified by a surface on which there is a geodesic coordinate system satisfying the condition for a constant distance between bed joints. The first strategy integrates the generation of the geodesic coordinates in a form finding procedure derived from the geometrical and mechanical properties of a shell. The geometric and structural equations are solved using dynamic relaxation. The second strategy can be applied on an arbitrary surface separating the form


form finding

brick patterns


differential geometry

geodesic coordinates


Emil Adiels

Architecture and Civil Engineering

Mats Ander

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics

Christopher John Kenneth Williams

Architecture and Civil Engineering

Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017. IASS Annual Symposium 2017; Hamburg, Germany; 25 - 28 September 2017

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

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