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Old August 29th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #1
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Tensile structures for the masses?

I am not an architecture student or even a truly knowlegable enthusiast of a the details of this. So I think I might misuse the exact definitions of these specific concepts.

Recently I learned about a relatively modern method of building things. I knew they existed before of course . I mean stressed skins , grids , tensegrity and various variations of this. I mean roughly speaking , generally structures which aim to separate forces into compression and tension to avoid bending. . I think some architecture people are maybe too ideological with their strict categorizations. I think they are a natural continuation of the age of classical struss bridges and so on from over a hundred years ago.

People build somewhat generic foam like landmark buildings of them. Every city needs one nowadays. I think they make really sense in stadiums and such.

A normal skyscraper is a compression tower. Built of steel and concrete. Suburbs projects are masses of these towers. Anyone tried using these concepts for the masses? In what way could they be useful for project housing? I have seen someone wanting to hang housing bubbles on cables from towers. Anyone come up with a more efficient way of building housing projects with these methods? It could be useful with the rapid urbanization of the world.

How would you build a dense city with these building methods?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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You mean something like Sao Paulo?
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I think my post was too long and too theoretical , no pictures

Yes I mean exactly something like Sao Paulo. It looks modern in a way. It is a perfect example of current building methods. None of these tensile styles are used in any of the buildings. They are all towers in compression. Just the more advanced version of thousand year old stone houses.

I mean more tent like building styles. A compressed grid and a stressed skin for example. The organic and tent like form is not really absolutely necessary here but I talk of the general method of construction. These types can have low weight and material usage. These can be lightweight structures. I see a lot of problems with these structures for general usage.Problems like longevity when structures have to be replaced. Vibration.
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