Active bending is calling for a paradigm shift in the way structures are designed and built. It is in this context that natural materials can play a significant role in the development of more
sustainable and economical material practices in architecture.
The presented project aims to develop a modular bending-active system that relies on an interactive joint mechanism to induce stiffening stresses within the closed system. As seen in the modules, the bending and torsion forces developed in the “skin”, oak veneer, are induced through the pulling forces caused as a result of the bending forces applied on the “tendon”, zip tie, by the sliding joint.
Through modifications to the modules, it is possible to achieve a variety of end shape results. The benefits of this system is that it allows for a quick assembly and disassembly process, and it can be easily transported.