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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Bending Active and Flexible Structures

Bespoke materials for bespoke textile architecture

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Bending Active and Flexible Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Bespoke materials for bespoke textile architecture
  • Author(s): Martin Tamke, Yuliya Baranovskaya, Anders Holden Deleuran, Filipa Monteiro, Raul Manuel Esteves Sousa Fangueiro, Natalie Stranghöhner, Jörg Uhlemann, Michel Schmeck, Christoph Gengnagel, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
  • Keywords: membrane materials, form finding, simulation, testing, customisation
Abstract
Membrane architecture uses currently off the shelf materials and produces the shapes and details through cutting and laborsome joining of textile patterns. This paper discusses investigations into an alternative material practice - knit - which engages bespoke membrane materials. A practice which allows for customised and graded material properties, the direct fabrication of shaped patterns and the integration of detailing directly into the membrane material. Based on two demonstrators built as hybrids of bespoke CNC knit and bending active GFRP rods this paper discusses the affordances and procedures, which this new practice of digital fabrication of membrane material requires. The central focus is set on the interaction between the involved disciplines and the emerging iterative process of design, material specification, prototyping, evaluation, (re-)design and (re-)specification. We discuss how design and engineering practices change, when material properties move from given and constant into the area of design and gradient.

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