Underlying research: time optimization of design process in a nurbs-based environment and its relationship with structural analysis software.

In the late 2008, a controversy arouse over the eventual bicentennial tower construction by rem koolhas in mexico city

However, the project was precluded by district authorities given the problematic plot, a historic building potentially affected, district’s inability to fulfil large building’s service requirement and political affairs. All the same the academic community foresaw the problematic situation in an ever-growing low-rised city

On this account, a design exercise was adopted to develop the bicentennial parallel proposal making special emphasis on the urban impact in order to determine the best plot.

After a thorough urban research considering factors from economical viability to zone density to traffic facilities, the architectural multi-use programme was set to include business, hotel, offices and cinemas.

The building geometry evokes a three stage transformation, like a metaphorical mirror of the Mexican History stages: indian, spanish and mestizo. The transformation is suggested as a whole whose parts are sheer different and unable to be faced separately.

The design process was structured through research on design methodology based on NURBS generated shapes (Non-uniform Rational B-Splines). Every curve generative control point were manipulated to explore their plastic (aesthetic) potential in the building skin outcome. The methodology goal was to streamline the process by waning required time to generate and render different volumetric proposals. However, mexican academic venue is constantly driven by financial viability in structural solutions.