MAA Students Exploring Extreme Possibilities with Cardboard Structures

The MAA Lightweight Structures Seminar in this second edition has explored the topic of the folded surfaces, testing the capability of a plan to acquire structural stiffness through folds.

How would it be to inhabit an origami? Throughout complex computational form generations, structural simulations and physical 1:1 constructions, students have explored the extreme possibilities of a plan.

Working in teams, participants have designed, tested and built a free standing and self supporting, lightweight, digitally fabricated pavilion totally built in cardboard, which have been selected to be part of the Fab Fest 17 in London.

An user interface algorithm with grasshopper has been created to generate forms and optimize the structures through various methods.