Published: 20 May 2020

‘Zip Form’ takes second place in Spatial Structures Design Competition

A team from the University of Arkansas has been announced as first runner-up in Surrey’s Spatial Structures Design Competition.

Zip Form

Professor of Architecture Emily Baker and Professor of Mathematics Edmund Harriss came up with a stunning structural design which physicalises the mathematical concept of parallel transport. In the 4-metre high structure, curving steel forms ‘zip’ together from flat steel parts using a simple analog steel jig, with no need for heat treatment or rolling.

The team said: “’Zip Form’ reveals how analog fabrication techniques paired with computational design strategies can make fabrication of complex structural geometries easy, efficient and fun.”

Professor Baker and Professor Harriss will receive a £1,000 prize, sponsored by Novum Group, as first runners-up in the competition.

The Spatial Structure Design Competition challenged entrants from around the world to design a new spatial structure for Surrey’s campus. Read about the winning design.

Find out more about Spatial Structures 2020/21 (IASS Annual Symposium and Spatial Structures Conference), which has been postponed due to Covid-19 and will now take place from 23 to 27 August 2021.

Zip Form imagined on campus

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