Tensile Structures (T2)

Studio Brief

Dyani Robarge
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In this course, students will learn engineering and mechanical design principles through the construction of tensile pavilions. These membrane structures will be stretched or woven together to provide comfortable shade for students on the school’s lawn.

Throughout the semester, student build teams will work on small-scale pavilion models. These iterations will include physical prototypes as well as digital simulations and 3D algorithmic models. Although there will be digital modelling, the studio will not involve electronics unless there is some sort of spectacle associated following the conclusion of the project. All physical elements will be made analog. The work will culminate in scaled physical models [1:25] that can express the ideas, giving visuals and representations of what could become a staple piece of the All Saints Academy campus.