Tuesday, September 17, 2013

More Vaults in Philly

Now that we have come home from Kenya and settled back into the rhythm of school, we are already back in our yard working on vaults to continue the research. Last Saturday, in preparation for a workshop, we trained more than 12 PennDesign Grad students and had them build catenary arches out of tile. The plan is to build a whole suite of vaults this coming weekend. 

drawing catenaries on the wall

setting up guidework

slowly by slowly

Erik giving great advice

getting nervous

great to see how many people are trying this


success no. 2!

Also in anticipation of the workshop, I decided to try a new geometry and build a small prototype. I've been in contact with Fernando Vegas, and he suggested to try a hyperboloid. So here it is!