17. Geometry, Topology, Materiality: The Structural Parameters in a Collaborative Design Approach

  1. Dr Tuba Kocatürk MSc Digital Architectural Design architect Senior Lecturer Programme Director and
  2. Dr Benachir Medjdoub PhD Lecturer Principal Investigator Reader
  1. Manfred Grohmann and
  2. Oliver Tessmann

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch17

Distributed Intelligence in Design

Distributed Intelligence in Design

How to Cite

Grohmann, M. and Tessmann, O. (2011) Geometry, Topology, Materiality: The Structural Parameters in a Collaborative Design Approach, in Distributed Intelligence in Design (eds T. Kocatürk and B. Medjdoub), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch17

Editor Information

  1. School of the Built Environment, Salford University, UK

Author Information

  1. Bollinger + Grohmann, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333381

Online ISBN: 9781444392395



  • geometry, topology, materiality - structural parameters in collaborative design approach;
  • collaborative design, ideas - bouncing off different members of a design team;
  • geometry, major role in structural performance - embodying architectural design approach;
  • topology of surface- and vector-active systems - in a predefined shape or envelope, objective of evolutionary design processes, structures adapting to specific needs;
  • EPFL Roles Learning Centre by SANAA - central concrete shell under construction;
  • geometry of a system, and topology - crucial for structural performance;
  • evolutionary algorithm, generating and manipulating character strings - as genotypes, blueprints of entire populations of structures;
  • design process of a pedestrian bridge - in Reden, Germany, design by FloSundK Architekten;
  • collaborative design, architects and engineers - multiple strategies for development of structures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The geometry

  • The topology

  • The materiality

  • Reference