Network structures - precedents

Guedes, Pedro (2011). Network structures - precedents. In Brett Steele and Francisco González de Canales (Ed.), Net works: an atlas of connective and distributive intelligence in architecture (pp. 52-62) London, United Kingdom: Architectural Association Publications.

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Author Guedes, Pedro
Title of chapter Network structures - precedents
Title of book Net works: an atlas of connective and distributive intelligence in architecture
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Architectural Association Publications
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781907896149
Editor Brett Steele
Francisco González de Canales
Start page 52
End page 62
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This book chapter identifies some important ideas and inventions that were bypassed by mainstream engineering in the mid-nineteenth century, only to be developed independently as fruitful ideas and structural solutions almost a Century later. William Bridges Adams is identified as a key visionary who succeeded in breaking away from ideas of linear structural framing, based upon mimicking previous structural forms in timber and stone, seeing the potential of two-way spanning structures in iron that heralded modern day space-frames. In his conceptual breakthroughs, Adams was able to understand many of the structural advantages offered by such structures. He was clear about distributed load-paths and saw the potential of repetition of small-scale components for struts and node elements. Sadly, his ideas coincided with at a time when simpler and more conventional linear framing systems such as triangulated trusses had recently become calculable through mathematical formulas and graphic analysis.
Keyword Innovative structures
Structural invention
Inventions in building
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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