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The basic principle of living matter, being structured as fibres and matrix, is often taken as a reference for the design of FRP materials. Biological design principles, such as self-organisation and variation stand in contrast to standard design and fabrication of architectural FRP and therefore call for alternative processes. Introducing the concept of Fabric Materiality, the research suggests an alternative fabric based approach to design and fabrication that relies on textile’s inherent attributes. Through a case study, the paper examines the potential of developing a resilient FRP structure by employing principles extracted from the biological resilient model of a bird’s nest, relying on the integration of Fabric materiality. Transposing these principles into a FRP structure faces the challenge of structured randomness at the structure level and crafted variation at the component level. The resulting structure is extremely light, self-supportive and resists lateral loads, is varied and demonstrates resilient properties.

When: 2016

Where: IASS

With: Yasha Jacob Grobman

Crafted variation in FRP

Crafted variation in FRP: Resilience by fabric materiality


Architect by profession,

interdisciplinary designer by heart

Arielle Blonder

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