VERTICAL FOLDED PLATE

: Simulated Architecture with Mass Timber and Faceted Space 

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture in The Lawrence Technological University 2022

Thesis Committee:

Scott Gerald Shall, Chair

Daniel L. Faoro, RA, M.Arch/UD

Aaron Jones, RA, M.Arch

Acknowledgments:

ROSSETTI Sustainability Lab

Sandra Lupien, MPP

An independent research conducted in architectural studio and peer-review at:

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ABSTRACT

Vertical Folded Plate is a historical and technological exploration of folded plate design pushed to its limits. Since 1950s folded plate design and mass timber innovation since the 1990s, the need for these two worlds to collide is apparent in 21st Century design—to reveal scarcely known social and ecological benefits that each would otherwise not bring on their own. A new design approach to multi-story design can expand on the proven benefits of mass timber as a renewable material. To prototype the synthesis of a space created by folded mass timber plates, the vertical span of an inhabitable column (as used for vertical circulation, services and daylight) was structurally analyzed to test both precedent and exploratory forms in order to achieve socially-significant spaces.

 

The study traces folded plate design from Sergio Musmeci’s approach to concrete architecture to Chris Robeller’s synthesis of precision routed mass timber panels with integrated joinery. The modern combination calls for a modern visual analysis method. In this study, column-like spaces created with folded plate were analyzed using structural finite element analysis (FEA) to visually represent how folded geometry supports both physical and social forces. Prototyped on a site as context for an architectural work, the approach serves as a catalyst for future innovation in material and form. The design of a vertical folded plate-inspired space charts a new expectation for sustainability and tech-driven architecture.

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TOPICS

/Timber and Bio-based Spatial Structures

/Structural Analysis

/Concepts for Sustainable Innovation

/Architectural Design

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WHO IS THIS FOR?

VERTICAL

VERTICAL

/MID-RISE, MULTISTORY BUILDING
/Z-DIRECTION LOADS & SPANS

FOLDED PLATE

/SEVERAL IN-PLANE LOADED PLATES IN DIFFERENT PLANES WHOSE ENDS ARE SECURED AGAINST DISPLACEMENT AND WHICH ARE CONNECTED SEAMLESSLY
/FUGENLOSIGKEIT (GERMAN)
THE SEAMLESS CONNECTION BETWEEN PLATES

 

FOLDED PLATE

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Simulated

Simulated

/Structural Analysis
/Virtual Design & Construction
(VDC-lite)
/Speculative Hybridization

Architecture

Architecture

/Related to Built Environments and Human-Experienced Space
/Socially & Culturally Significant

/Environmentally Responsible

with

Mass Timber

Mass Timber

and

/A renewable and bio-based structural material
/Engineered structural wood derived from boards or panels manufactured into various products.
/CLT and glulam are popular for tallwood design

 

Faceted Space

Faceted Space

/The result of humanly-occupiable space created by folded forms
/Space suitable for human circulation, MEP systems and ecological dynamics

 

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INTEGRATED JOINERY COMBINES TRADE AND DESIGN

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Joining processes will be automated or will take place automatically

MASS TIMBER SUPPLY CHAIN RELATIONSHIPS IDENTIFYING OFF-SITE VALUE-ADD MANUFACTURING AND ON-SITE ASSEMBLY

mass timber supply chain relationships identifying off-site value-add manufacturing and on

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UPCOMING 

Discussion Panelist

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Education Opportunity

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Abstract submitted in Call for Papers

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Lawrence Technological University

April 26 / 11am-2pm

  • Keynote presentation on Innovation by Acclaimed Innovator, Entrepreneur, and Author Josh Linkner

  • Panel Discussion with Groundbreaking Alumni

  • Resources for Innovators

  • Lunch & Networking

  • Raffle Prizes

WoodWorks-Wood Products Council

May 5 / 1pm-2:30pm ET

While mass timber floor and roof systems are relatively common, cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels—and their use as shearwalls in particular—have been somewhat limited by their lack of recognition in codes and standards—until now. With the American Wood Council’s 2021 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS), and two new seismic force-resisting system options in ASCE 7-22, there are now code-recognized methods for designing CLT diaphragms and shear walls to resist wind and seismic loads. This presentation will provide an overview of the standardized lateral systems for CLT, as well as design tools and resources such as the CLT Diaphragm Design Guide, soon to be published by WoodWorks. To demonstrate the range of possibilities, discussion will also include non-standardized lateral systems frequently used in mass timber buildings, such as timber brace frames and balloon-frame CLT shearwall systems. Examples of constructed buildings will be presented to illustrate practical details and lessons learned in the field.

International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures

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Asian-Pacific Conference on Shell and Spatial Structures

The aim of this symposium is to provide an international forum for engineers, architects, builders and other professionals to present and discuss recent advances on new structural forms, analysis methods, design and construction technologies, maintenance and sustainability in spatial structures, as well as any topics related with shell and spatial structure. It is expected that this symposium will promote developments and bring interests for various new types of shell and spatial structures.