Building Information Modeling : new outlooks on quality , competences and training in the lifecycle of the building

Essay published in Research among Innovation, Creativity and Design, Firenze University Press, pp. 244-253, Italian-English

One of the subjects defined during the OSDOTTA 2011 workshop had to do with building production and construction. Trying to better outline the problem, the attention of the organization committee focused on the problem of quality, on that of an outdated professional system related to the world of architecture and on an educational offer which is not always up-to-date with the needs of the occupational market. Confronting these issues, the paper’s purpose is to take into exam the BIM technology – Building Information Modeling – putting it in relation with the mentioned critical issues and evaluating the possible support of an innovative and international digital approach which has been capturing the attention of architecture experts in different parts of Europe and the world for some decades now.


An iterative approach to catenary based structures in parametric design

Article published in proceedings of the international conference Nexus 2012 – Relationships between Architecture and Mathematics, Milano, Italy, 11-14/06/2012, pp. 115-122, English

During the history of architecture arches represented an intelligent way to solve the connection of two points or places separated by such kind of obstacle. Into the actual scenery catenary arches still offer an optimized solution to this problem: their structure avails a specific geometrical configuration in order to reduce the influence of vertical loads. This study explores the application of a simplified approach to the geometrical definition of catenary arches, availing the hyperbolic cosine formula. Then the process is implemented into a specific visual-script, developed through a graphical algorithm editor. The combination of a simple geometrical solution with the power of computational design gives to architects and engineers the possibility to easily explore new formal configuration, already informed by structural optimization principles.


Building Information Modeling

Interview published in MODULO, vol. 373, BEMA Editore, pp. 1088-1092, Italian

Building Information Modeling represents an innovative approach to the lifecycle management of a building. This article presents an interview to an expert of this technology, prof. Riccardo Balbo, PhD architect and professor at University of Salford (UK) – School of Built Environment. Prof. Balbo is specialized in Digital Architectural Design and its applications both at architectural and urban scale. He is member of the Urban Quality Research Centre and founder of the group named MinD – Mediated Intelligence in Design. The interview defines the concept of BIM and takes into consideration its most important characteristics, evaluating the innovative contribution in each different phase of the building lifecycle.


“Canopée des Halles de Paris”: case study for an innovative digital approach to tender competition

Article published in proceedings of CIB W078 – W102 Conference: Computer, Knowledge, Building, Sophia Antipolis, France, 26-28/10/2011, pp. 480-488, English

The article is focused on the Les Halles project case studies, and analizes the work develped by the company Decode for the construction of a digital 3D platform dedicated to digital tendering. The analysis start with an early evaluation of the input information which have been treated in order to build the tendering application. Then the development of the 3D model is studied, in order to comprehend its structure and specific characteristics. Finally the article focuses on the composition of the digital tendering system, tre relationship between contrctual decoumentation and the 3D model, pros and cons related to this innovative solution, with future perspectives evaluation.


Digital fabrication and mass customization in building construction: some recent case studies

Article published in proceedings of the international conference Digital fabrication and Mass Customization in Building Construction, Crete, Greece, Charis Editor, pp. 254-262, English

In the recent past, construction industry seemed to have few possibilities for development. Today, the construction process becomes more and more global with a high international competition and the industrial production is necessarily obliged to reply to the requirements of architects in terms of flexibility and innovation. New constructive modalities affect the work site, because the dry assembling creates difficulties for the traditional building company, less involved in construction and more consigned to assistance for components installed by specialized teams on site. Consequently, the organization for the construction of a building is destinated to change.


Advanced architectural workshop: implementing structural logics into a design process for large scale lightweight coverings

Article published into the Journal of the International Association for Shell and spatial Structures [IASS], Vol. 51 (June 2010), No. 2, pp. 137-146.

The work presented in this paper is a part of a larger research in which we have been studying the problem of “mega-structures” and the relationships between extrernal building envelopes and internal structural system. The most important question approached is: how can we control the relationship between an optimized structure and the image of a wheightless physical or virtual model based on a formal concept, far from structural hypotheses? Our research allowed the development of a design methodology starting from manual sketches and evolving through physical, virtual and structural models, embedding structural optimization during the early stages of the design process. The core of this study consists in a form-finding process which turns early geometric solutions into more evolved and optimized versions, through the use of specific software.


Modeling of virtual compressed structures

Article published in proceeding of the international conference IDCT – Innovative Design and Construction Technologies, Milano, Italy, May 6-7th 2009, CLUP, Milano, pp. 99-112, English

This publication is dedicated to a research project, developed at Department of Architecture and Planning (DiAP) – Politecnico di Milano, in cooperation with the Department of Informatics and Communication (DICOM) – Università dell’Insubria di Varese (Italy). The research project was focused on the development of a software able at supporting architectural designers during the early stages of a creative process, through the application of a structural optimization principles based on the catenary arch.


Generative algorithms

Essay published in the website Noemalab, direct by prof. Pier Luigi Capucci.

This essay is dedicated to the use of morpho-generative algorithms in architectural design, considering a panshot international perspective. The argument is introduced by some meditiations about the developement of architecture after the digital revolution, continuing with the analisys of the most important examples of this innovative approach, that considers programming as an instrument for the heuristic developement of a building.


Projectual figures and digital modeling

Book, single author, published by CLUP, Milan, 333p., A4 format.

More than a merely design experience, the main goal of this research work is to analyze different approaches for the adoption of digital technologies in architectural design. Three main sections are presented: the first involves a critical analysis of specific dissertations, with topics that span form the use of perspective during its renaissance development to the use of virtual reality and its many interesting applications. The second part is dedicated to the study of some best practices, that focuses on different apprached adopted by different architecture firms. These are subdivided through four keywords: MODEL, ANIMATION, SOUND, LIGHT. For each one an internationally renowned architect has been chosen. The third part develops a specific  architectural project, which concludes the dissertation.