Date of Award

12-2011

Degree Name

MS in Architecture - Architectural Engineering

Department

Architecture

Advisor

Dr. Edmond Saliklis

Abstract

This thesis highlights a method of arriving at form that minimizes the need for high end technology and complex mathematical models, yet has structural principles of load flow at the highlighted methods core. Similar to how graphical statics assisted earlier architects and engineers to arrive at form by relating form and forces, this thesis suggests a method of form finding that relates the flow of stresses within solid masses to possible load-bearing façades. Looking to nature, where an abundance of efficient structural solutions can be found, this thesis focuses on a tree-like structural form called the dendriform. In doing so, this thesis explores the idea that through an understanding of typical load flow patterns and the removal of minimally stressed material of the solid body, dendriforms can be revealed that qualitatively exemplify load flow yet maintain an architectural aesthetic.

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