05 / Investigation / Structure

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Investigation 05 / Structure / Material & Form


“The resistant virtues of the structures that we seek depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable, not because of an awkward accumulation of material. There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this: to resist through form.”

Eladio Dieste, La Estructura Ceramica, Bogata, Escala 1987.

Utilizing vertical circulation and communication elements, such as inclined surfaces, stairs, or other passages for communication, connect 3 individuals (parent, child and teacher) within a spatial construct. Based on the understanding derived from the component assemblages above, compose a spatial-structural form that: a) integrates and supports internal forces associated with the circulation element and b) anticipates external environmental force(s). The dynamic nature of the modeling technique should reveal the performance limit of the material through the exhibition of force through the structural system.

Based on the development and observation designed structure, produce a series of sketch diagrams through axonometric views (derived from the intersection of plans, elevation and section) to illustrate the relationship between the form of the system, the path of elemental forces, and the ability of response of the components resistive material properties.

Schedule of Deliverables

Due Friday, September 23, 14:00

  1. Dynamic Model – 30” x 30” x 30”
  2. Framing Drawings – 1 plan, 1 section, 1 elevation, each on 30” x 30” quality paper.


You may expand on the modeling materials required for the workshop.

Please keep in mind that the educational content of a material can only be realized through careful workmanship, selection of appropriate materials, accurate geometry, quality finishing, etc.


Waclaw Zalewski and Edward Allen, Shaping Structures, Statics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1998

Adriaan Beukers, Ed van Hinte; Lightness: The Inevitable Renaissance of Minimum Energy Structures Models; 010 Publishers, 2005.




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