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Geodesic Definition Dissected

I tried to reconfigure Dan’s geodesic investigation into a more accessible and understood version. I clustered the components based on the definition logic and annotated it with what’s happening at each step. I saved a copy of the .ghx on … Continue reading

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Gridshell Deliverables

We elected to set aside our desire for a full-scale installation this quarter in favor of exploring and representing the role of parametric technology in the design process. We’ve split the work into two tracts: Parametric Matrix: A iterative matrix … Continue reading

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Gridshell References / Resources

Here are a collection of pdfs I’ve found while researching gridshell theory. These structures are challenging and there’s a lot to learn from past work. Toussaint’s thesis is phenomenal and goes into great detail some of the computational challenges involved … Continue reading

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Material Properties Database

Here is the beginning of a database of material properties. The goal is to get a sense of what is the ideal species and cross section for a flexible rainscreen design. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what species of wood … Continue reading

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Material Investigation

We started developing a system for analyzing moment properties of wood slats. We held a piece at a fixed point and bent it. We marked the midpoint prior to curvature, and put thumbtacks on the wall at the start, end … Continue reading

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Rubberband Shell

This study model was an introductory attempt at understanding some of the forces at work in shell systems. By simply rubberbanding straight basswood together, it creates a flexible network of members that are able to be bent into position. It … Continue reading

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