Parametric Design Applied to Analysis and Optimization of Spatial Deployable Structures

  1. Manuel Alejandro Ródenas López 1
  2. Pedro Miguel Jiménez Vicario 1
  3. Martino Peña Fernández-Serrano
  4. Pedro García Martínez
  5. Adolfo Pérez Egea
  1. 1 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Cartagena, España


NEXUS 2018. Architecture and Mathematics: Pisa (Italia)

Publisher: Kim Williams Books

ISBN: 978-88-88479-47-7

Year of publication: 2018

Type: Conference paper


In the second half of twentieth century, architects from all around the world such as R. B. Fuller, Frei Otto or Chuck Hoberman were interested in deployable structures. The Spanish architect Emilio Pérez Piñero (1935-1972), who early patented some of these structures (Pérez Piñero 1961), is considered as a pioneer on the subject. Afterwards the also Spanish architect Felix Escrig (1950-2013), elaborated another patent that developed and generalized the Pinero's research (Escrig 1984). At that time the studies on this type of structures relied fundamentally on the work with physical models. The difficulty of representing the trajectories of the different pieces through drawing relegated the graphic tools to a secondary role. Nowadays advances made in software applied to architecture (Sánchez 2014) allow this communication to consider the study of these structures using parametric design tools, such as Grasshopper, producing a comparative analysis of several systems