This is a digital model that I created after reading Tristan d'Estree Sterk's essay on actuated tensegrity systems. I've rigged the system to work just like his actuated tensegrity system, so that as the actuator in the middle contracts, the tension members become more rigid, thus making the entire system stronger. The actuated system is one way to create a responsive tensegrity system that can adapt to changing environmental conditions to make a "learning" structure... however you could eliminate the actuator by making the tension members able to expand and contract, much like a muscle. I plan on pursuing this line of thought for a future skyscraper, but as yet, is still in a hypothetical stage.
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