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Structure magazine: 'Form Follows Physics'

New prototyping technology plus a short, intensive on-site aerodynamic shaping workshop radically boosts design-process efficiency

One of the prototype shapes that was explored for the Shanghai Tower before selecting the final design. This option has a 180-degree twist as it rises.

Structure Magazine highlights shaping workshops as an important process innovation for architects and engineers working to optimize the form of ambitious skyscrapers. Pioneered at RWDI, these collaborative, interdisciplinary, rapid-prototyping sessions often achieve in a day or two decisions and refinements that would otherwise take months. 

Read the full story here.