‘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.
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.