Today, the conventions of architectural structural systems are largely built off of a 5,000 year old model. Most of conventional buildings required much maintenance, did not make efficient use of raw materials, and depended on gravity for strength. They are largely rigid systems in pursuit of stability and permanence. But architecture faces to variable society phenomenon that requires flexible structure in response to a number of the spatial changes. From a design perspective, we have not solved structure.
My thesis Liberate the Body of Architecture employs new methods of fabric form works to explore structural performance of catenary and form found thin shells. The fabric block is sensitive to gravity and structural stability; this process involves a fabric formwork filled with earth that is manipulated into a soft assembly form wrapping pre-casted block. The casting process entails filling a suspended sewn fabric form with sand to control it’s 3D inflation.The soft form is hardened by a solution, only to be emptied leaving behind a super lightweight shell, semi opaque, and free standing. The advantages of the system are repeatable with small amount of earth, transportable, and customization with sewing. Sand is highly affordable and allows the prototyping to iterate very quickly. The system is optimized for economical iteration. The process of production includes both physical and non-physical perception, such as natural force, cultural aspects with different kinds of fibre, and gravity, which is liberating built form from a simple repeat without variation.