A03 STUDIO JOURNAL Sierra Stathis 640338
This weeks tutorial we discussed the concept of compression. The challenge was to build the highest structure using only small mdf bricks. Once we had build out structure we had to carefully excavate an opening to fit in the toy elephant. The aim was to create the opening without the structure collapsing. Our tower was a three sided structure. Using a simple brick laying construction. The weight of the structure and force of compression helped to hold all the blocks together.
When we began to create the opening we decided to start excavation from the corners carefully pulling blocks out one by one. We soon realised that the strucure was quite solid and that it could easily support itself even when many base blocks were removed. Other structures included a cylindrical tower which was the tallest in the class. It too supported itself when an ovening was excavated. The reason this construction style is so successful is that the load is evenly distributed across the blocks. Even when blocks are removed the weight gets distributed elsewhere.This makes the structure very stable even when base supports are removed.