Indoor sports arenas are a kind of important public buildings, which require iconic architectural forms and well performing structures for the long-span roofs. Hence, during the early stage of an arena design, it is crucial for designers to define a proper building form based on integrated design exploration of both geometric typology and structural performance. To support such design exploration, this paper proposes a method based on SOM (self-organizing map)-clustering and structural performance simulation as well as SAG (Sports Arena Generator: a specific parametric model for arenas proposed by the authors). This method can support designers to explore designs according to both geometries and performance and also illustrate the relationships between geometric typology and specific performance values, which is crucial for both architectural design
and the research about building performance. A hypothetic arena is used as an example to demonstrate and validate the method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructure and architecture: Bridging the gap and crossing borders
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019)
EditorsPaulo Cruz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22912-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03599-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventICSA 2019: International Conference on Structures and Architecture - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019


ConferenceICSA 2019
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