Author(s): E. Stach
If architects designed a building like a body, it would have a system of bones
and muscles and tendons and a brain that knows how to respond.
If a building
could change its posture, tighten its muscles and brace itself against the wind, its
structural mass could literally be cut in half.
Guy Nordenson, Ove Arup and Partners
This case study is an investigation of self-generating forms in nature based on
pneumatic structures and their use in architectural theory.
It focuses on the
concept of self organization as a defining principle in nature and, in particular,
on the mathematical, geometrical and physical properties of bubble clusters and
shows examples from nature, biology and engineering.
Part of the research resulted in a series of digital models and renderings of
different bubble clusters and thei...
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/DN040011
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