The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) and the Institute for Textile and Fiber Technologies (ITFT) at the University of Stuttgart have launched the ITECH Research Demonstrator 2018-19. The project aims to investigate large-scale compliant architecture. Developed within the framework of the ITECH Master of Science Programme, the pavilion was designed and realized by students and researchers, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, biologists, and paleontologists. Inspired by the folding mechanisms of the wings of the Ladybug, the demonstrator is composed of two adaptive folding elements made of carbon and glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, each weighing at 23 kg, with a width of 1.70 m and a height of 3.00 m or 2.50 m.
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