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This thesis concerns itself with the intelligent performance of architectural structural systems through the lens of topological optimization and additive manufacturing. The following research premised using computational bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO), is a venture into how architecture items ensure a higher degree of structural intelligence by reprioritizing material to areas of principle stress. A computational framework is realized with findings suggesting divergence from traditional orthogonal post and beam construction. The fluid non-orthogonal BESO outcomes display greater structural efficacy against parameter-based loading conditions. The question that this dissertation investigates is: how the reprioritization of material to areas of principle stress drives the symbiosis of engineering performance and architectural outcome?


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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280104 Expanding knowledge in built environment and design

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4 Experimental research

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Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


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