URBAN SOS | INSTALLATION
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE, NY
ROLE: DESIGN, FABRICATION
FIRM: AA64
ARCHITECT: PHILLIP ANZALONE, STEPHANIE BAYARD
The system is a triad of self-supporting tensegrity towers—a structural system based on the use of rigid compression members connected through a network of steel cables in tension. In such a system, the compression members do not touch one another and the prestressed tensioned cables define the system spatially. The placements of the structures allow individuals to freely circulate around each respective tower, experiencing the layering of materials and video projection from different vantage points.

The self-supporting nature of the tensegrity towers introduced a unique design and fabrication challenge. The formal quality of the sculptures along with an intelligent use of materials required the collaboration and expertise of various designers—this integrated design approach is one which defines the success and spirit of the Urban SOS program.


During this project I helped with the development of the scripts used to create and test the modules, fabrication and installing the modules at Center for Architecture.

You can read more regarding this subject in the paper written by Phillip Anzalone, Ralph Spencer Steenblik and Stephanie Bayard here that I was a research assistant for at AA64.


Rapidly Deployed and Assembled Tensegrity System An Augmented Design Approach

In collaboration with: AECOM

Fabric design: Mio Guberinic



Ardavan Arfaei - 2020
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