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    We have been involved with the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures for a number of years, and the TensegriTree was presented and well received at the 2015 annual conference. Such is the complexity of realising tensegrity structures at-scale that one university research group planned to build one in a week, and ended up taking all summer. Another tensegrity sculpture had been immaculately designed by practicing engineers, but no contractors would tender for the job so it never got built!
    References and Links
    Kent Architecture School project: https://www.kent.ac.uk/beacon/projects/tensegritree.html
    Kent Architecture School news release: https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/kentlife/7321/iconic-tensegritree-structure-marks-double-birthday
    Don Gray's faculty web page https://www.kent.ac.uk/architecture/staff/academic/gray_don.html
    Expedition Engineering project page http://expedition.uk.com/projects/tensegritree-university-of-kent/, blog http://expedition.uk.com/thinking/the-kent-tensegritree-project-collaboration-and-experimentation-in-action/

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    Furnishings> Furniture, Achkov, Akke, Stavrev, ETSAV Chair, Stools by Weller, Rasmussen, Passi
    Misc> Animal forms, Bicycle, Clothing, Holidays, Kite, Mesh Bag, Musical Instruments, Trees, Wheelchair
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    Tensegrity research is inspired by trees.
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    {kent tree 2016021.jpg} Kent Tensegritree by Don Gray.
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    {kent tree 2016021.jpg} Kent Tensegritree by Don Gray.
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    Overview
    Tensegrity research is inspired by trees.
    Tensegritree, Kent UK=UK
    The Tensegritree is a tree-like tensegrity sculpture, located on the Kent School of Architecture (KSA) campus between the Marlowe Building and the Templeman Library. The Tensegritree provides a canopy over a landscaped, outdoor teaching area on campus.
    {kent tree 2016021.jpg} Kent Tensegritree by Don Gray.
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    The starting-point for the University’s Tensegritree structure was inviting world-leading tensegrity expert, Professor Andrea Micheletti to Kent. He worked alongside BA and MArch students of architecture at KSA to come up with a number of potential designs, before deciding on a central trunk with cantilevered tensegrity “branches”. The chosen design was subjected to a feasibility study conducted by Expedition Engineers (the team behind the London Olympic Velodrome) and tensegrity experts from the University of Cambridge. Contractor ES Global was then appointed to develop the design, with the help of KSA specialists including its digital workshop team, who produced 3D images to perfect the joints of the new structure. Assembly of the structure took less than one week on site and was unveiled by the Kent School Vice-Chancellor on the eve of the 50th Festival celebrations from 4-6 September 2015.
    Standing at 7m high and 12m diameter, the structure comprises galvanized steel – for the compressive ‘strut’ elements – and stainless steel rods – for the tensile cable elements. The final stage is to create a seating area on the compass points below the structure, to provide the best viewing-points for the tensegrity elements.
    Photo Gallery
    {kent tree 2016021.jpg} Kent Tensegritree by Don Gray.
    {formfinding oct2014F.jpg} Form finding workshop Oct 2014.
    {tensegrity2 (c) Expedition Engineering.jpg} Kent Tensegritree photo by Expedition Engineering.
    {tensegrity1 (c) Expedition Engineering.jpg} Kent Tensegritree photo by Expedition Engineering.
    {tensegritree plan view.PNG} Kent Tensegritree Plan View.
    {Tensegritree.jpg} Kent Tensegritree by Don Gray.
    {Tensegritree Elevation Key Dimensions.PNG} Kent Tensegritree Elevation Key Dimensions.
    {kent tree 20160115.jpg} Kent Tensegritree view from above.
    {tensegritree cartoon (c) Expedition Engineering.jpg} Cartoon concept.
    {t3.jpg} Kent Tensegritree computer rendering.
    {t1.jpg} Kent Tensegritree computer rendering.
    {tensegritree with signage.jpg} Kent Tensegritree with signage.

    The Role of Expedition Engineering
    Expedition Engineering is an award-winning civil and structural engineering design practice based in central London. They wrote this report:
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