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PHYSICAL MODEL

DIGITAL MODEL

PROCESS

RECIPROCAL MODEL / EXPERIMENT FOUR

This reciprocal model experiments with the illusion of floating structures by playing with the design principles of tensegrity. This is achieved through altering the positions and sizes of various rings and poles which are all interconnected and balanced via strings of varying tensions to form a reciprocal model. Our model relies on no central structure, but instead on the aforementioned set of compression elements opposed and balanced by tensile forces. Each ring contains indentations in where wooden poles are inserted and form a unit that either connects to different length strings or another unit. These rings and wooden poles exert compression forces on one another to maintain stability and either exert other compression forces on other ring-pole connections or are connected to counterbalancing strings.

The string elements serve as tensile forces that pull together or counterbalance other elements. Depending upon the variation they either form a ring to a ring, a pole to a pole or a pole to ring connection. To resolve the potential issue of the structure swaying too much to one side and to avoid compromising the asymmetrical effect, we added additional strings to the opposing sides of the ring or rings.

Joshua Chiang
Rafe Hessekiel
Van Pham
Emily Ryan