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Topic :Tectonic Articulation – Making engineering logics speak.
The project explores the potential for the recursive analysis and optimisation of structural systems.  Utilising structural analysis tools, beam and nodal displacements were identified and subsequently used as inputs for a recursive algorithm whereby structure was iteratively added in areas most needed.


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© Recursive Statics Team

  Through this additive approach a new tectonic language was derived whereby rather than loads being transferred through topologically repetitive space frames or monolithic singularities, complex beam networks endogenously emerged creating gradients of density and angular articulation.


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© Recursive Statics Team

Most interestingly the lines between structure, envelope and opening become blurred as multiple systems are accommodated into the aggregation of beams that define the volumes, creating a poetic interplay between line-surface, solid-void, light-dark.


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Project Credits

Students: James Park, Martino Hutz , Matthias Urschler , Rhina Portillo

University: University of Applied Arts Vienna / Studio Zaha Hadid Architects

Professor: Zaha M Hadid

Guest Professor: Patrick Schumacher

Arch2o has received this project from our readers in order to participate in the  6 event, you may submit your own work for publication in the Students Week 7 by sending it to igraduate(at)arch2o.com

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