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BeTA_S pavilion is a 2.13m (7 ft) tall free-standing installation that employs biotensegrity logics characterized by networks of interconnected components and tendons with a shape adaptive capacity. The passively stable assembly responds to human touch through vibrational motion. The pavilion introduces a novel hybrid structural system with a two-way surface derived from a catenary archway composed of 385 regular tetrahedron modules connected in series by bands of pre-stressed CNC knit textile strips. Each tetrahedron consists of bending-active GFRP rods linked by custom 3D printed polylactide connectors. The pavilion's double layered surface is hydrophobic, using yarn made from recycled plastic bottles.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University S. Lincoln St. Kent, OH

Publication date: June 1, 2022

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  • The Journal of the IASS is the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. The journal mainly presents technical papers and project reports submitted by members or nonmembers of the IASS. Typically, one issue per year focuses on a special topic arranged by guest editors. Additional articles annually include the four Hangai Prize winning papers and Tsuboi Proceedings Award contribution from the IASS annual symposium. Finally, additional content includes announcements of events and memorial statements of distinguished IASS members.
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