D-Forms: 3D Forms from Two 2D Sheets

Tony Wills
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 503–510


Is there a significant branch of geometry that has been overlooked? Unlikely as it may seem, D-Form geometry provides designers, architects, sculptors and artists with a vast, new vocabulary of three-dimensional forms that are easy to play with and make. Easy as they are to fabricate, D-Forms are proving equally hard to predict with computing. This geometry exploits some interesting properties of developable surfaces that, among other things, will enable you to ‘square the circle’.