Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Topologic: tools to explore architectural topology

Aish, Robert, Jabi, Wassim, Lannon, Simon, Wardhana, Nicholas and Chatzivasileiadi, Aikaterini 2018. Topologic: tools to explore architectural topology. Presented at: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 September 2018.

PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Download (1MB) | Preview


Buildings enclose and partition space and are built from assemblies of connected components. The many different forms of spatial and material partitioning and connectedness found within buildings can be represented by topology. This paper introduces the ‘Topologic’ software library which integrates a number of architecturally relevant topological concepts into a unified application toolkit. The goal of the Topologic toolkit is to support the creation of the lightest, most understandable conceptual models of architectural topology. The formal language of topology is well-matched to the data input requirements for applications such as energy simulation and structural analysis. In addition, the ease with which these lightweight topological models can be modified encourages design exploration and performance simulation at the conceptual design phase. A challenging and equally interesting question is how can the formal language of topology be used to represent architectural concepts of space which have previously been described in rather speculative and subjective terms?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Related URLs:
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 July 2018
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2020 01:26

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics