Pattern Matters

Seminar/Elective in in summer semester 2021 on architecture and geometry or design geometry: Pattern Matters

Lecturers: Akad Dir. Cornelie Leopold, Dipl.-Ing. Viyaleta Zhurava

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The study of patterns is the basis for many design tasks. We choose the English word pattern, because this fits better than the German wordsMuster, Flächenornament, Parkettierung, Anordnungen ... and includes these different aspects. Parquetry means the gapless and overlap-free overlapping of congruent figures, which, starting from basic geometric shapes, can also become figurative. Spatial packings are the spatial counterpart of planar patterns. 3D-packages or 3D-tessellations by means of polyhedra form the basis for spatial arrangements and compositions. Through transformations and metamorphoses, transitions between patterns and spatial compositions are possible. This also allows design processes to be mediated from regular to irregular patterns.


bild_parquet_deformation_van_hoeydonck_FATUK.jpgGuest lecture 

Werner Van Hoeydonck 

Architect - Univ. Lecturer 

Ornamental Art & Design, Vienna

Design and Analysis of Parquet Deformations

Tuesday 04 May, 2021, 10 Uhr

in Zoom

(please ask for link by email)

Lecture in German


Tessellations and topological interlocked assemblies by Vera VianaWorkshop 

Vera Viana

Ph.D. Researcher in the Centre for Studies of Architecture and Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal

Tessellating and Interlocking in Patterns

Tuesday 18 May, 2021, 10 Uhr 
in Zoom
(ask for link by email)

Workshop in English

In this workshop, we will intertwine plane tessellations with solid tessellations and analyse the conditions for polyhedra to fill space to learn how to model a few examples of honeycombs.
Having understood the connections between 2D and 3D tessellations, we will address the concept of topological interlocking and learn how the interlocked assemblies of convex regular polyhedra are obtained.

With the knowledge of some basic rules, the participants will then be able to model, on their own, interesting patterns with tessellated or interlocked polyhedra.


In architecture, from urban design to building structure to support structure, these geometric relationships are built upon. Therefore, we will also analyze corresponding architectural examples.

From 2D and 3D patterns as well as their transformations or metamorphoses, your Pattern Matters project will emerge as a digital and materialized composition.

Working with the 3D modeling software Rhinoceros will be used as a suitable tool. In a voluntary block course with Eva Hagen before the beginning of the semester you will be taught the basics or advanced students will receive extended input. If interested, parametric design using Grasshopper will also be integrated. The contents of the block course are also available during the semester as tutorials in Olat.

A Rhinoceros license will be provided.

The course can be chosen as elective from the 4th semester or seminar from the 7th semester on.

Start: Block course: Tue. 13.04. to Fri. 16.04.2021

During the semester: Tuesdays, Start: Tue. 20.04.2021, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Online in Zoom via OLAT