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


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: General 7: Sustainable Design

Handcrafted tensile membrane structure with low-tech form finding and construction

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: General 7: Sustainable Design
  • Title: Handcrafted tensile membrane structure with low-tech form finding and construction
  • Author(s): Joao Victor CORREIA DE MELO, José Luiz RIPPER, Patrick STOFFEL
  • Keywords: Tensile Membrane, Bamboo, Lightweight Structure, Raw Earth, Low-tech form finding
Abstract
Tensile membrane structures are used by mankind since the first days of its existence, on the tents of the nomad hunters and gatherers’ settlements. Those tents were built without the need of big planning and material process. Nowadays, our technic/scientific society made a lot of improvements on this kind of structures, nevertheless the design and construction complexity became so higher that turned this objects very expensive and specialized. Trying to get in a midpoint between these two ages of membrane structures, the research at the Laboratory for Investigation in Living Design – LILD, attempts to unite the logical academic modern knowledge and the spontaneous popular ancient knowledge, in order to spread and popularize handcrafted reputable lightweight structures. In this paper, the construction of an experimental tensile membrane structure is described.

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