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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century

IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Plenary Lectures

Forms and Forces - Visible and Invisible

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Plenary Lectures
  • Pages: 24
  • Title: Forms and Forces - Visible and Invisible
  • Author(s): Rene Motro
  • Keywords: conceptual design, forms, forces, paintings, structural morphology, surface structures, symbolism, tensegrity systems
When dealing with Shell and Spatial Structures, it is necessary to work at several levels and at least to have a good understanding of forms and forces, two linked worlds, one visible the other no. In many cases forms and forces are coupled, and, from idea to realization, the first stage, conceptual design, requires form-finding studies. Designers have to 'make forces visible' in their personal mind. Simultaneous approaches can be useful; scientific, artistic and symbolic. The experience of the author is based, more or less, on these three approaches. The presented studies use simultaneously these approaches in terms of paintings, symbolic analogies and scientific methods. Five topics are evoked in this paper. Actors and projects are the source for motivation and inspiration. Complexity of problems necessitate tools, but methodology is an inevitable prerequisite: simplicity is the best guide. Three research fields are addressed: morphology, surface spatial structures, and tensegrity systems.

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