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TENSEGRITY - Paul van Laar Design
We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. This investigation by Kuan-Ting Lai , developed as part of his thesis on Reconfigurable Systems of Tensegrity at the University of Stuttgart, is an exploration of the capabilities of structural principles in creating transformable architectural structures. The project, a prototype made of pneumatic cylinders and polycarbonate panels, explores different methods of reconfiguration based on the basic rules of tensegrity, demonstrating the potential to rapidly adjust the lighting or ventilation conditions offered by the structure. Description from the Architect. The project explored the possibilities of utilizing tensegrity principles to build a structural system that can reconfigure itself. The research begins with understanding the basic tensegrity rules, then exploring the methods of reconfiguring tensegrity structures, and finally the prototype construction. There are three primary objectives in this project—reconfigurability, responsiveness, and deployability.
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It consist of 38 LED-tubes that appear to be floating in the air. The Light-Installation can be controlled in Color and brightness by any device. You can even play games or show individual Animations.
Tensegrity, originally a portmanteau of tensional integrity , was coined by the famous Architect Buckminster Fuller, in the s. It is a structural principle consisting of members, wherein isolated components exist in pure compression within a spatial network that is in continuous tension ; the members in compression which are usually struts or bars, do not touch one another, whilst the cables and tendons in prestressed tension, spatially delineate the system. The constructivist artist Kenneth Snelson named the principle floating compression. The structural system has gained quite some momentum over the past few decades, with architects, designers, and structural engineers innovating with tensegrity owing to its unique structural properties that confer enormous rigidity. He was of the view that works of tensegrity were more akin to nature than those of pure compression; tensegrity is found in the biology of living creatures, like the combination of biological material like bone and muscle that enabled motion—in this case, the two only strengthened each other forming interconnected structures.