Translating Movement into Architectural Form

Ingleby, Tim and Orlando, Stephen (2021) Translating Movement into Architectural Form. Nexus Network Journal. ISSN 1522-4600 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00004-021-00567-8

Abstract

This work seeks to define original ways of creating architectonic forms using kinesiology studies. A series of methodologies are devised to record subjects in motion, with analogue and digital modelling techniques rigorously used independently and in combination to transpose these into sculptural figures with differing levels of formal fidelity and dimensional precision. Surface structures, and in particular thin shells, are found to have great potential for moving from abstract figures to structural forms. Such structures are traditionally problematic in terms of ‘constructional energy’, which has limited their usefulness and application. In response, the ‘hanging cloth reversed’ modelling technique devised by Heinz Isler is investigated to capitalise on the ambiguity between large-scale models and small structures. A construction method is devised that accords with the principles of structural art which, significantly, suggests that (small-span) shell structures could be liberated from the strictures of formwork to create economic, efficient and elegant minimal structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modelling, Structural systems, Hanging cloth reversed method, Heinz Isler, Frei Otto, Structural art, Minimal surfaces, Kinesiology
Subjects: K100 Architecture
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 10:31
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46557

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