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


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: General 8: Structural Morphology

Experimental Workshop in Unconventional Structures: Deployable & Tree-Like Structures SMiA - Training and Research at Barcelona Tech

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: General 8: Structural Morphology
  • Title: Experimental Workshop in Unconventional Structures: Deployable & Tree-Like Structures SMiA - Training and Research at Barcelona Tech
  • Author(s): Omar Fabrisio AVELLANEDA, Natalia Paola TORRES, Diana PEÑA, Ramon SASTRE
  • Keywords: training, theoretical, practical, unconventional, deployable and tree-like structures
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to share the experience, training and teaching students in non conventional structures area. The research group SMiA Structural Morphology in Architecture performed a practical and theoretical workshop designed to learn unconventional structures in architecture. The main objective was to propose a practical teaching method, the students gain the necessary tools to design lightweight and membrane structures developing an architectural project. Physical and digital tools are utilized, including WinTess3, Sketch Up, Grasshopper, a parametric-geometry-development-and-testing software. Lightweight Construction Course is an elective architecture program at ETSAV School of Architecture of "El Vallès", leading by Professor Dr.-Arch. Ramon Sastre. The main topics that were developed are: Deployable, Tree-Like, Reciprocal Frame, and Tensegrity Structures. In the present article we explain the practical experience in Deployable and Tree-like Structures. The course was offered to students in the last year of career at UPC, international students (Erasmus) and Master students.

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