The workshop is an Introduction to the conceptual and practical world of lightweight structures with the end goal of having the students develop their own lightweight-structural model that solves a real-world problem. They will gain an understanding of the behaviors of these complex structures using both physical models and software.

 Comprehensive training in the areas of tensile, deployable, tensegrity, tree-form, and reciprocal buildings and structures. Enable students to develop the sills to design an architectural proposal for a small, tensile structure such as a tent, shade, and/or a pavilion structure.

Introduction geometry and platonic solids

Introduction geometry and platonic solids

Different physical models made in the workshop

Different physical models made in the workshop





Simple Forms + Introduction Workshop SMiA-Solids

Air Supported + Pneumatic Structures

Domes + Tensegrity

Deployable Structures

Reciprocating and tree-form structures

Structural análisis using software. WinTess3

Patterning + Final Conference Research SMiA

Building: Details + Details SMiA + Final Conference Research SMiA

Building: Erection + Pathology + Final Conference Research SMiA


 1. W-Shop  Solids

Understanding the geometry of solids as the basis for use in the design of

compression, tensegrity, deployable, and reciprocal structures.

Creating physical models to further understanding of faces, edges, and vertices.






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2. W-Shop  Tensegrity

Explore the concept, classification, and typology of a tensegrity unit through exposure to previous researches

 Develop and test tensegrity structural applications through formfinding, modeling, and computer software.

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3. W-Shop  Deployable structures

Explore the scissor-element concept, classification, and deployment typology.

Develop and test the application of folding principles on tensile-textile constructions through formfinding and computer software.






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4. W-Shop  Reciprocal and Tree-Like Structures 


Explore reciprocal-and-tree-like-structure configuration elements, their classification and assembly methods.

 Develop and test the application of reciprocal and tree-like textile constructions, through formfinding and computer software.

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Spain Ana Badia Alzuria 1
Italy Valentina Baù 2
Salvador Christian Bendix Hidalgo 3
Belgium Inès Bourdoux 4
Austria Iris Braun 5
Germany Carlo Brötz 6
Portugal Débora Caeiro 7
Italy Sofia Carpinteri 8
Mexico Manuel Charfen García 10
Mexico Tania Contreras Zafra 11
Mexico Marco Antonio Cué Flores 12
Colombia Nelsy Johanna Diaz Herrada 13
Spain Silvia Font Marquez 15
Spain Santiago Julia Xercavins 16
Austria Veronika Lintner 17
R. Dominican Cristian Luciano Sarkis 18
Poland Artur Jan Mierzwa 20
Spain Daniel Nash Monso 21
Portugal Inês Oliveira Mouco 22
R. Dominican Larissa Ogando Ramírez 23
Sweden Petra Parinder 24
Austria Jeremias Peneder 25
R. Dominican Laura Patricia Pérez Mestre 27
Portugal Mariana Pio 29
Peru Mario Víctor Quisocala Choque 30
Salvador Mikel Rego Garcia 31
R. Dominican Maximo Rivas Álvarez 32
Colombia John Salas Parra 33
Portugal Vera Sanches Osório 34
Mexico Jasiel Alejandro Sotelo Uribe 35
Czech Republic Tereza Špindlerová 36
Mexico Juan Felipe Talamás Salazar 37
Spain Marta Tarrío Alves 38
Germany Philipp Bernhard Vehrenberg 39
Ecuador Carlos Luis Villacis Morla 40
Germany Marie Helen Vorbeck 41
Spain Nekane Zabaleta Irazabalbeitia 42
Italy Dragan Zlatkovic 43



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