Structural by jonbailey
February.25.2009, 6:31 pm
Filed under: architecture


Think we’re getting somewhere? The above image, rectalinear as it may be (ease of modelling by hand), is a test model for a structural system that we are currently developing for our project. Rolled steel strips, able to be stacked and fit onto an 8×40 flatbed, are hauled to the site after fabrication. Fabrication includes cutting the steel at the desired angle, to bend the strip, customization in its most basic form. This becomes customization of a linear piece, a linear piece of steel becomes a distirbuted network of interconnected metal, costing no more money to cut 5 degrees of an angle more, and at any rate. The steel is then woven together, where the density is determined by the loads being applied on it. In places where there is more stress, more members will be supplied to the weaving process. This means the building uses less material to gain maximum strength, like human bones that vary in thickness depending on the stress they bear. This means the ratio of members is kept to a minimum, while structural strength is at a maximum. The instructions for bending the metal strips are engraved on the physical material itself. Using comtemporary or robotic bending techniques, skilled operators follow the instructions detailed on the material to craft the final structure. The floor is held together in equal tension and compression, exploiting steels tensile strength. Flooring becomes a modular component, which holds circulatory, resporatory, and nervous systems of our organism. Steel is then woven around these modular pieces, thus creating a stronger structure. A customizable membrane, with pixel changing shading devices able to harvest sunlight through sprayed pv-cells, is then attached to the interior of the structure. Information (0s and 1s) is used to create the changing shading device, blocking out the sunlight, since the structure serves the purpose of stress reduction. Still a work in progress… -Jon


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This is looking well on track, much better than the space invader phase 1.

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