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Interlocking Manifold: Kinematically constrained multi-material systems
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Architectural Technology)
2013 (English)In: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012 / [ed] Lars Hesselgren, Shrikant Sharma, Johannes Wallner, Philippe Bompas, Jacques Raynaud, 2013, 269-278 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research project investigates topological interlocking assemblies for architectural constructions. Topological Interlocking Assemblies are systems that unfold structural capacity by kinematically constraining and interlocking elements. Masonry is a simple example of an interlocking system: Bricks form a stable structure by brickwork bonds. Nevertheless mortar as additional rigid aggregate is needed to bind the elements. Assemblies with intricately interlocking modules in contrast, exclusively constrain their elements through inherent geometrical and topological properties. Topological interlocking systems were developed in material science. This project seeks to re-conceptualize the system within an architectural framework by embracing computational design, analysis and fabrication tools and procedures. The goal is to develop geometrical differentiated, reversible, force-locked systems and the processes and methods to design and manufacture them. The research started as a design studio at the Staedelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt.

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2013. 269-278 p.
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Digital Fabrication, Parametric Design, Topology, Structure, Modular
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Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105192DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7091-1251-9_22ISBN: 978-3-7091-1250-2ISBN: 978-3-7091-1251-9OAI: diva2:570274
Advances in Architectural Geometry; Paris, France, 27-30 September 2012

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Available from: 2012-11-18 Created: 2012-11-18 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved

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