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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Bending Active and Flexible Structures

Surface approximation/population by self-locking, bending active modules from coupled straight and curved line z-folded elements

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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: Surface approximation/population by self-locking, bending active modules from coupled straight and curved line z-folded elements
  • Author(s): Günther H. Filz, Ines Kumric, Vladimir Razenj
  • Keywords: folding, bending active structure, self-locking snap-action mechanism, architectural geometry
Abstract
In the context of the realized 'Z-Snap-Pavilion' the authors described the principles on how to achieve a transition from planar, zip-assembled sheet elements into 3dimensional bending active, modular structures by z-folding one or more pairs of coupled straight and curved lines. The category of how spatial configurations can be locked is dependent on the number and position of z-folded, coupled straight and curved lines on the sheet element. Particular attention lies in the self-locking snap-action mechanism, achieved by collars. This paper looks into the freedoms and limits in the genesis and variety of forms of spatial objects utilizing described z-folding strategies. Simultaneously we are aiming for surface approximation/population by controlling the geometrical setup and/or additive arrangement of spatial elements. This will be proved by the realization of a full scale paper/cardboard structure as well as its architectural qualities.

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