Geometric Modeling &
Scientific Visualization Center


Workshop on Construction - Aware Design 2011

16- 17 April, 2011
Organized by:


Geometric Modeling & Scientific Visualization (GMSV) Center,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

  Construction - Aware Design 2011



Saturday 16 April 2011
9:00 Registration
9:45 Opening
10:00  Lars Hesselgren (PLP Architecture) 
“When to twist and why?”
11:00  Zuhair Fayez (Zuhair Fayez Partnership)  
“Engineering for faith”
12:00 Michael Eigensatz (Evolute) 
"Enabling free form"
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Khalid K. Naji (Qatar University)
"Serious game engines to support safety in construction- The UK-Qatari collaboration"
15:30 Yongliang Yang and Yi Jun Yang (KAUST)
Design and manipulation of planar quad meshes
16:30 Poster session & VisLab Tour
17:30 Dinner at Yacht Club


Sunday 17 April 2011
9:30 Manfred Grohmann (Bollinger & Grohmann) 
“Embedding structural intelligence into design”
10:30 Helmut Pottmann (KAUST)
“Advances and challenges in architectural geometry”
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30  Adnan Al Anzi (Kuwait University)
"Impact of building form parameters on building energy use in Kuwait"
12:30  Josef  Ludwig  (Seele Austria)  
“Highly complex façade structures - Overview about technical possibilities in ambitious projects”
13:30  Lunch
14:30  KAUST Tour
16:00 – 18:00 Workshop excursion


Geometrically complex shapes play an increasingly important role in contemporary architecture. While digital models involving freeform geometry are easily created, the actual fabrication and construction of such structures remains a challenge. In order to make a freeform design realizable, a process known as rationalization is applied. Rationalization simplifies the original design in view of the actual fabrication and financial constraints, while preserving the original design intent as much as possible. A rationalized design is the output of a possibly very complicated nonlinear optimization, and it is very hard to make changes to such a highly constrained geometric model.

The design and construction process would greatly benefit from the development of construction-aware design tools, which will allow architects to overcome the need for rationalization by integrating rationalization into the design process. Such tools will generate only those designs which meet the specified manufacturing and feasibility constraints. These constraints may also include structural properties, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Construction-aware design is a research challenge which requires broad expertise and a thorough discussion among experts from many fields.

In this spirit, the workshop will bring together architects, engineers, construction managers, fabricators, researchers from the field of architectural geometry, and leading sustainability professionals to discuss, debate and share best practice on design, construction and the built environment.

Invited Speakers

Call for Posters

Complex geometry is best communicated in illustrative images. Therefore, we would like to invite you to submit your best work and sketches for a poster presentation to this workshop. Submissions will undergo a reviewing process and will be judged based on creativity, originality, and technical aspects.

Accepted posters will be presented at the workshop. Posters may be submitted by both students to document their projects or final theses, as well as by professionals to demonstrate exciting aspects of their work.

Sumbission Format

Submissions consist of a 1 A4 page (21cm x 27.9cm) extended abstract using 12 point single-line fonts and normal margins (2.5cm to top, left and right, 2.0cm to the bottom). Additionally, up to two pages of Figures, screenshots, sketches etc. to appear on the proposed poster can be considered. These pages must adhere to the formatting guidelines as well. Submissions consist of a single pdf file and should not exceed 8MB in size.

Important Dates

Submission Procedure

Please submit your abstract to .

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