Faculty: Anand Viswanathan | JAPAN SHAH

Deployable Structures: Concepts and Explorations

Deployable structures can expand and contract due to their geometrical arrangement and mechanical properties. They can fold, reduce in size and fit into a limited space when not in use; when required, these structures, can be deployed to serve its intended purpose.

Deployable structures offer great potential for creating truly transforming, dynamic experiences and environments. Their lightness and transportability allow them to adapt to a society that is constantly evolving and changing. Furthermore, these are reusable structures that make efficient use of energy, resources, materials and space, thus embracing the concept of optimization.

This studio emphasized on learning the concept of deployable structures through Origami techniques and kinematics of linkages. Students developed a structural concept out of preliminary explorations based on a specific problem given to each student. Once the concept was formulated, students performed manual as well as software based calculations and did structural analysis to determine member forces, joint forces and sectional sizes. In the final phase of the studio, students made scaled working models of the structure and the joinery along with basic drawings.