Bending-Active Tensioned Network Bridge, 2013


30th January – 24th February 2023

AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design

14E Peace Street, Raleigh,NC 27604, USA

An object is in equilibrium when it balances out the external forces acting on it with the internal forces, following Newton’s laws of motion . Even when this equilibrium is disturbed like by pulling and releasing a node in a net, this equilibrium is restored, and the node returns to its initial position. The works exhibited here concern networks comprised of many interconnected flexible, semi-flexible or rigid elements. The way in which the individual elements are connected (i.e, .their topology) and the collective shape they constitute, determine how the global network responds to external loading. This exhibition is structured in three parts. The first part focuses on efficient equilibrium shapes for tensile nets and inverted compressive nets with linear elements. The second part introduces shape-shifting flexible networks that are metastable and inspired by the handcraft of lace. The third part focuses on how domes and vaults, composed of rigid volumetric elements, can be assembled without any external supports. Enjoy the balancing acts!

Sigrid Adriaenssens

Exhibition Designer

Orsolya Gaspar

Vicky Chow

Graphic Designer

Shawn Protz

Yash Shah

Exhibition Coordinator

Joel Pominville

Amy Somogy

Shawn Protz

Yash Shah

Mack Carter


AIA Triangle Chapter

North Carolina State University

Princeton University


Form Finding Lab


Bill Baker, Mike Barnes, Alessandro Beghini, Lauren Dreier, Janet Echelman, Stefano Gabriele, Veronika Irvine, Erika Kiss, Rebecca Lazier, Francesco Marmo, Laurent Ney, Carlo Olivieri, Stefana Parascho, Vittorio Paris, Ruy Pauletti, Tyler Sprague, Chris Williams

Poster Design

Axel Larsson

edited by Erika Kiss