EQUILIBRIUM MODEL / EXPERIMENT SEVEN
We investigated the three-part system of columns, beams, and tension forces needed for a reciprocal structure while pushing it towards an end goal of liberating the structure’s corner supports. Through stacked basswood sticks and string, the model began to support itself and allow various degrees of asymmetry. We used paracord as the tensile element and basswood sticks to approximate columns and beams in compression. We tied down the paracord with pins at the edge of the base across the basswood sticks to produce a compressive force that would apply a
consistent load along the stick’s axis. From there, we could remove the elements that were liberated from the beams. As we moved forward these top compressive beams began to vary in the X, Y, and Z-axis allowing for even more variation in symmetry and support. Our end product was a system that allowed for a double-stacked free corner.