Arch + Eng, Design

Tensegrity Structures: Stabilization Through Tension

Tensegrity is an architectural/engineering term made famous by Buckminster Fuller to describe the characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional form which is composed of contiguous and noncontiguous rods or cables. This interconnected web, held together by integral tension, is highly adaptive to outside forces, responding as a unified body. Due to the rising popularity of pre-fabrication through the utilization of digital technologies, tensegrity structures are in high demand and easier now, more than ever, to produce. Using nerbs-curve design software such as Rhino, or digital design tools such as AutoCAD, designers can execute exacting forms, that employ tensegrity design to ensure structural integrity. Watch this video to understand how this is possible.