Suspended tensegrity: the anthropomorphic machine

Paul Ling Leong Loh, David Leggett, Sascha Bohnenberger, Matthew Tam

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The paper presents a suspended tensegrity "cloud" structure as an interactive art installation with computer vision. Actuated by 12 pneumatic rubber muscles, the research discusses the design, engineering and fabrication challenges of a dynamic tensegrity "cloud". Through material testing and physical prototyping processes, the design workflow enables a cross-disciplinary approach to the problems with feedback and an iterative static analysis approach. The project demonstrates a cross-disciplinary design collaboration between artists, architects, engineers, and the fabricator towards refinement in the engineering of dynamic structures. Using a pneumatic actuation system combined with tensegrity structures, the project demonstrated a method to develop active, controlled, deployable and form-changing envelopes and structures on a larger scale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Design and Fabrication: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Annual Symposium 2023
EditorsYi Min Xie, Jane Burry, Ting-Uei Lee, Jiaming Ma
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-646-87830-0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023
EventInternational Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) 2023: Integration of Design and Fabrication - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023


ConferenceInternational Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) 2023
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  • Anthropomorphic Machine

    STELARC, Loh, P. L. L., Leggett, D., Hou, P. & Zhou, Q., 13 Aug 2022

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