An Interactive Computational Design Tool for Large Reciprocal Frame Structures

Peng Song, Chi Wing Fu*, Prashant Goswami, Jianmin Zheng, Niloy Mitra, Daniel Cohen-Or

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This paper presents the detail of our interactive tool for designing reciprocal frame (RF) structures. In general, our tool addresses the RF design problem with three major steps: (1) it supports the design of RF-tessellation by connecting RF patterns and plane tiling; (2) it delivers interactive preview and exploration of RF designs in 3D space through conformal mapping; and (3) it performs a novel optimization method to arrange the rods in the RF-structures, so that we can ensure rod collinear contacts in the structures. This paper supplements our previous work with implementation details, user interface design and operations, as well as a preliminary study and various new results we devised from the tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalNexus Network Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Algorithms
  • Automation
  • Computer technology
  • Geometric analysis
  • RF-structures
  • RF-units
  • Reciprocal structures
  • Tessellations
  • Tilings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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