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  • single strand structures

    single strand structures
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: Single-Strand Structures are a series of prototypes looking at constructing structures from single chain of tent poles. Tent poles provide a cheap and quick assembly kit for constructing complex geometry with universal joints. These prototypes follow in a line of research on programmable matter and deconstructing complex geometry into single strand sequences of fold instructions, much like our Ribosome’s decoding of RNA into fold sequences of complex proteins.


    The Single-Strand Structures similarly ease assembly with a single instruction sequence and allow for fast shipment and deployment of large structures. The assembly kit offers a universal joint for complex vertices of any degree, while also creating a universal hinge, perfect for rigid origami structures. The Hypar surface was constructed from a single 75′ chain of tent pole segments with a tension cord threaded throughout the entire length.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    sT: A collaboration with Erik and Marty Demaine.

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    sT: Daft Punk, “Science is Culture” by Adam Bly

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    sT: Saul Griffith, Jonathan Bachrach, Ara Knaian, Kenny Chung, Maxim Lobovsky, Tom Knight, Erik Demaine, Paul Rothemund etc.

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