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Thursday, October 3 • 11:00am - Sunday, October 13 • 8:00pm
Spatial Efficiency Now: Work from the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory at Penn | Installation

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This exhibition brings together ongoing research projects at the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL) at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Each work on display is a unique design response to specific conditions of forces being brought into equilibrium. These examples illustrate an unconventional design method that introduces the inclusion of force equilibrium at the very early stages of design. With this method, a designer can precisely control the geometry of the flow of forces in a three-dimensional space to design architectural structures. PSL is an interdisciplinary research center working at the intersection of architecture, structural engineering, computer science, mathematics, and material science to bridge the gap between engineering and design. The works in this exhibition were designed using Polyframe Beta, a geometry-based, structural form-finding plugin for Rhinoceros3d, developed by the Weitzman School’s Assistant Professor of Architecture Dr. Masoud Akbarzadeh along with Dr. Andrei Nejur. PolyFrame Beta allows architects and structural designers to explore a variety of unconventional spatial structural forms, accessing possibilities that they could not discover or design before. PSL is part of the Advanced Research and Innovation Lab in the Department of Architecture.

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - Sunday October 13, 2019 8:00pm EDT
Cherry Street Pier