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

IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Plenary Lectures

Polyhedra and the Like

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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: 18
  • Title: Polyhedra and the Like
  • Author(s): Pieter Huybers
  • Keywords: geometry, polyhedron, isohedron, structures, space frames, domes, dice, soccer balls, world maps
During his employment at the Delft University of Technology the author investigated the appropriate use of materials in building technique. This resulted in the design of glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) for load bearing structures, emergency housings, and in the end to space structures of relatively great spans or height made of roundwood. This paper refers mostly to his work since his retirement in the year 2000. This was mainly concerned with the roundness of convex uniform polyhedra. and this resulted in a study on isohedra where all faces have the same distance from the centre. This aspect was used for the construction of the outer skin of soccer balls, where the roundness of form is particularly essential. A few other solutions for this application are shown, so as for world maps with the most correct representation of the original aspect ratio.

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