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IV Latin-America design challenge

Features | July 1, 2011 | By:

Latin-American student designs explore future directions of tension structures/materials

For the student design challenge of the IV Latin-American Symposium of Tensile Structures held this April in Uruguay (see “Tension structures in the southern hemisphere“), entries were received from 10 student teams representing six countries. Student designs were entered from Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and the US.

Students were asked to submit design projects that make use of textile structures, cable structures or tensigrids. The program welcomed student projects that ranged from small to large-scale projects, stressing that they would be judged on both formal aspects and the constructability of their designs. The objective of the competition is to spread the use of tension structures and promote the teaching of such structures in Latin American universities.

The winning entry, (pictured), was “Tensowrap” submitted by students Ricardo Vivar Flores and Jenmy Tataje Vivanco from the University of San Martin de Porres, Peru. Combining a number of structural concepts—funicular curves, Voronoi polyhedra cell systems, tensegrity systems, and string figures—Vivar Flores and Tataje Vivanco aim to create a safety net to save lives of people involved with road accidents on provincial Latin-American roads that have sharp bends. Tensowrap would help mitigate these frequent accidents and is to be constructed of Kevlar cables and metal masts anchored securely into the roadside slopes.

Judges for the competition were professor Juan Monjo-Carrió of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; Nicholas Goldsmith, FAIA, of FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York City, USA; and architect/professor Gerry D’Anza, of University of Naples, Italy.

Student entries for the 2011 Student Challenge

Campamento AqujitasProject name: Campamento Aqujitas
Team members: Randall Campos
Country: Costa Rica

Scenic space in Retiro Park, MadridProject name: Scenic space in Retiro Park, Madrid
Team members: Alicia Marta Lago Recuero, María Urigoitia Villanueva
Country: Spain

Hostel Punta RubiaProject name: Hostel Punta Rubia
Team members: Augstina Apud
Country: Uruguay

Topos InvisiblesProject name: Topos Invisibles
Team members: Bernardette Soust
Country: Uruguay

Membrane ajustavelProject name: Membrane ajustavel
Team members: Lucas Suarez Alperi, Pedro Sousa Afonso, Negar Elhami Khorasani
Country: USA

Packing ElquiProject name: Packing Elqui
Team members: Ana Muñiz Rojas
Country: Chile

Parasol ExtensibleProject name: Parasol Extensible
Team members: Sergueli Bagrianski, Adrian Heid, Meghan Krupka
Country: USA

Tropical ShelterProject name: Tropical Shelter
Team members: Jan-Frederick Flor
Country: Costa Rica

Wind WebProject name: Wind Web
Team members: Milagros Isabel Lozano
Country: Peru

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