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

Enhancing parametric design through non-manifold topology

Jabi, Wassim ORCID:, Soe, Shwe, Theobald, Peter ORCID:, Aish, Robert and Lannon, Simon ORCID: 2017. Enhancing parametric design through non-manifold topology. Design Studies 52 , pp. 96-114. 10.1016/j.destud.2017.04.003

[thumbnail of Wassim PDThruNMT-FullPaper-ORCA.pdf]
PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (4MB) | Preview


This paper aims to build a theoretical foundation for parametric design thinking by exploring its cognitive roots, unfolding its basic tenets, expanding its definition through new concepts, and exemplifying its potential through a use- case scenario. The paper focuses on a specific type of topological parameter, called non-manifold topology as a novel approach to thinking about designing cellular spaces and voids. The approach is illustrated within the context of additive manufacturing of non-conformal cellular structures. The paper concludes that parametric design thinking that omits a definition of topological relationships risks brittleness and failure in later design stages while a consideration of topology can create enhanced and smarter solutions as it can modify parameters based on an accommodation of the design context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital design, parametric design, computational models, modelling, non-manifold topology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0142-694X
Funders: The Leverhulme Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 6 April 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 17:34

Citation Data

Cited 24 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics