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04 Versatile Tensegrity
Unit Tutor: Theo Sarantoglou + Yousef Al-Mehdari + Omid Kamvari
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This unit’s interest evolves around the properties of ruled surfaces in differential geometry and the possibilities of form offered by tensile membranes. Students will begin by defining the conditions of tensile integrity through simple physical modeling exercises, followed by studies in the qualities of stretched fabric and doubly-curved membranes of different densities and porosities. In a discipline still partly anchored in the foundations of mathematics and topological studies, the unit will attempt to weave its way into art, visual understanding and reassert the rules of geometrical principles. The unit will finally push for an enigmatic form that permeates physical space and confounds psychological experience through the inventive use of tensile membranes.