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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Structural Morphology 1: Design and Engineering Computing

Forms from selfinterlocking, planar panelized catenoids – freedoms & limits

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Structural Morphology 1: Design and Engineering Computing
  • Title: Forms from selfinterlocking, planar panelized catenoids – freedoms & limits
  • Author(s): G. FILZ, S. SCHIEFER
  • Keywords: Planar Panelized Catenoid, Selfinterlocking, Anticlastic Minimal Surface, Architectural Geometry
Abstract
Architecture and mechanical engineering face an increasing divergence of customized/individualized forms and more and more limited resources. Simultaneously we are surrounded by examples, where shape/geometry is separately solved from structure. In order to minimize total material consumption including storing, transport, etc. we have to look for light, structural elements with high load-bearing capabilities and/or self-supporting constructions. In this regard the process of making, which links desire and product, becomes increasingly important. This paper describes the preconditions and principles in order to create a whole world of structurally efficient forms composed of one or more possibly intersecting anticlastic shapes deriving from catenoids and assembled from planar, selfinterlocking modules. Simultaneously we focus on forms that can be rotated in space at will by keeping their structural performance and interlocking qualities.

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