Village Maker Beta 2 – Seoul Edition

Who needs an engineer?

The new version of the Village Maker supports five experimental structural typologies, each containing specific benefits. The choice for each type is set in the Core Settings and therefor determined for the whole village at the start. Using the pathfinder logic within a 3D configuration, structural material is added, every time the bearing load increases. Thus increasing the thickness up to a limit where it will coincide with the existing sun and view cones.

Workshop Seoul

Students working with the Villagemaker and Physical models alongside

Together with students in Seoul a workshop was put together in order to explore the various possibilities for the initial selection of structural typologies. The students each worked in teams using the Village Maker to place and construct 5 different villages. For each village a physical model was constructed along side its digital counterpart. Whereas the digital model has no notion of gravity or any other physical properties, the physical models had to be constructed in such a way that the houses could actually exist in the village. The outcome of these models served as an initial experiment for defining the 5 structural typologies.

VillageMaker beta 2

New user interface

The result of the workshop is a new version of the Village Maker script which has, beside the added structural typologies, a number of improvements including:

  • A totally new interface running in a separate window. This makes using the Village Maker a lot easier and looks a lot better!
  • A new method for calculating access which is more robust and 3-4x faster compared to the first version
  • A completely rewritten intersection calculator which takes care of preserving all the qualities for each of the new and all the older houses in the village. It is also significantly faster than the previous version.

Structural Typologies

The Village Maker now includes 5 different structural typologies:

  1. Veins Style
    The Veins structure running along the edges of the houses itself  creating structural arteries. Path finding its way down in a natural flow, the veins thicken with each addition of a house on top.
  2. Cage Style
    Structure running along the edges of the bounding box  creating a box-like structure. Getting its inner stiffness from the Vierendeel structure incorporated, each box increases the structure underneath, adding vertical elements.
  3. Voronoi Style
    Structure increases sufficiently with additional connections to maintain structurally sound. The diagonal beams ensure a surplus on stiffness, interweaving the overall structure of the village.
  4. Tree Style
    The Tree structure has a natural-growth principle, thickening with each housing layer -‘branch’ -that is added. The thickening occurs on the sides that require structural strengthening for stiffness and load bearing.
  5. Web Style
    This structural case study follows the premise of the multiple-point load bearing principle. By spreading the weight of the added structure above, each structural element below gets an extra connection, weaving intersections to increase stability.

The results are published in an updated Korean version of the Vertical Village.