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“What is lightweight? Can the term “lightweight” even be grasped? Is it possible to measure it, to feel it? What is actually lightweight and what only looks that way?”1

As fundamental as Frei Otto’s questions about lightweight construction are, they also express a certain exaltation of clever construction forms, both in technology and in nature. These questions in mind, a group of sixteen students searched for answers. Over a four day period they grappled intensively with the subfield of lightweight construction known as space frameworks, reconstructing existing designs as well as analyzing and testing the peculiarities and static properties of self-developed models. Cardboard tubes, rope, and another material served as raw materials for a junction. The results playfully explore relevant design principles while bringing to light connections between form, force and mass

Lightweight construction – Workshop “Volles Rohr – space frameworks with cardboard tubes”
Summer Semester 2019, Interior Architecture, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
Prof. Klaus Michel , Assistent Christoph Born

1 Frei Otto: IL24 Principles of Lightweight Construction, p.13