The Nature of Structural Morphology and Some Interdisciplinary Examples

by Ture Wester, Sch of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


Among members of IASS, the most common definition of Structural Morphology is the study of interaction between geometrical form and structural behavior. The most significant structural morphologists of our century, dealing with Structural Morphology in this sense, all seem to have been inspired by and relate their work to the morphology of structures in nature (e.g. Felix Candela, Antoni Gaudi, Heinz Isler, Pier Luigi Nervi, Frei Otto, Le Ricolais, Eduardo Torroja etc.). On this basis the present paper will try to approach some central qualities of Structural Morphology through examples evolved in nature and developed by the human intellect, and through this to underline the importance of the work in the future.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Structural analysis | Geometrics | Space frames | Human and behavioral factors | Terminology and definition | Space structures

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