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Further in our research pertaining to the development of various means by which reciprocal systems can be established through joinery methodologies, one of our research goals is to focus on developing a systematic approach to the design of the overall structure. As such, this research has coincided with not only the development of a novel structural system but a general approach to form finding. In order to unify these two aspects, we began developing a computational approach as a way of parametrically controlling variables wherein we would be able to generate forms via reparameterization of a multitude of inputs such as programmatic design constraints, loading conditions, and depth requirements for the framing system in order to yield sets of iterative studies.

Insofar as to the progress by which our studies have been developed, the primary means by which we have addressed the formal topology have been through creating, via Rhino + Grasshopper/Kangaroo, minimal isosurfaces using real time, physics-based mesh relaxation. These studies have ranged from creating base mesh topologies by hand, to creating a system of predetermined anchors and boundaries based upon contextual inputs to inform the placement of walls, roofs, columns, and entryways. As we develop these tools, we have also utilized Grasshopper in the analysis of tributary area, through which we can further integrate into our mesh relaxation models the prospect of optimizing structural spanning capacities.