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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Teaching Shell & Spatial Structures

Reciprocal frame structures, a first academic approach to sustainable structures

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Teaching Shell & Spatial Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Reciprocal frame structures, a first academic approach to sustainable structures
  • Author(s): Nayar Gutierrez, America Flores, Adolfo Preciado
  • Keywords: reciprocal frame, nexorades, timber, sustainable approach
Abstract
Herein we introduce an academic approach to teach students spatial structure from a sustainable perspective to give them tools to generate appropriate technology in the building environment. The students explore sustainable and structural properties of construction materials and systems. The base approach for sustainability rely on the biomimetic principles. They use reciprocal frame structures, without any tool and with local materials, to build structural systems for canopies and bridges. These structures give significance to a high performance structural system made of tree branches or other local materials that are built for temporal or permanent use, in small or big scales, with minimum impact to its surroundings. They give special emphasis to generating a reciprocal frame culture in which there is the need to change pragmatical approaches to develop a structure from geometric and material perspective.

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