Erosion-Based Morphological Formation Processes in Architecture
Development of an erosion-based computational design methodology and fabrication system for the exploration and production of complex architectural systems

Erosion processes change the topography of the earth in a broad range of scales based on the mobilization, relocation and deposition of particles or material by a medium such as water, wind and ice. The characteristics of erosion provide a wide spectrum of dynamic formation processes and the variety of distinctive shapes and structures unfold new alternatives for the design and fabrication of complex, non-standard architectural systems.

The goal of this research project is to explore the potential of introducing erosion-based processes as a computational design and fabrication tool.
The utilization of these processes of step-by-step reduction and molding of material as a computational design tool is expected to open up a novel insight into the intrinsic characteristics and performative qualities of the respective material system. The implementation of such a multifaceted design context into an adaptive digital fabrication process aims to result in the materialization of genuine, process-specific morphologies and structures, which cannot be produced with standard fabrication methods.


ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction – Prof. Achim Menges

Scientific Development

Katja Rinderspacher


State Postgraduate Scholarship Programme Baden W├╝rttemberg

Educational Projects

Fabricating Erosion-Based Processes