Dome example

These images show how to ensure that support and load points are on a mesh used as a Karamba shell element. They build on Jeana Ripple and team's UVA 1-2 Surfaces as Shell example. Download the Rhino and Grasshopper domedemo and images. A few keys to success. Make sure all the supports and loads are targeted... Continue Reading →

Dougong Canopy

Our team agreed that we liked the aesthetic of the Japanese stacked beam systems and would like to reflect that in our first pass of the pavilion design. I thought that a combination of the stacked beams with thin cluster columns (that are braced around their midpoint) might make for an interesting pavilion that feels... Continue Reading →

Multiples + Lightness

There is something wonderful about the irony that more members can often lend themselves to a structure's light and delicate feel. Big, beefy structural beams and columns convey a sense of strength and groundedness, but many, many thin members linked together carry just as much power while still appearing to seem rather light. I was inspired by... Continue Reading →

The Nature of Form

“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no tradition essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon... Continue Reading →

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