Trabecular Tectonics


Lightweight architecture with additive manufacturing

Trabecular Tectonics is a system of lightweight architectural structures based on the biological construction of bone. The system is generated through a form-finding process that mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. Advanced computational design, Material Optimisation algorithms, and 3D printing make it possible to generate new forms of architecture that use fewer materials without sacrificing performance. Starting with pre-determined design goals, the system can generate innumerable variations of a design to find the most efficient option. By exploring how the biological model of bone microstructure can be applied architecturally, Trabecular Tectonics create strong and flexible systems of construction that avoid material waste.

Roberto Naboni

  • POLI.Design

    Roberto Naboni is architect and co-founder of the Architecture, Computation and Technology Laboratory (ACTLAB) at Politecnico di Milano. His activity is focused on experimental design and research in the fields of computational design, digital fabrication and novel material systems. He is studio tutor in Bachelor and Master level in the Faculty of Architecture and leads international research workshops. Author of “Advanced Customization in Architectural Design and Construction” (2015), he presented papers in international conferences, and wrote articles for journals and magazines. He previously collaborated with international research centers and offices for architecture, such as ICD Stuttgart, ETH Zurich, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue Associates and Stefano Boeri Studio. Roberto Naboni holds a Master of Architecture with honours from Politecnico di Milano, where he recently completed his doctorate in the Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering program.more

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