Inframe

INFRAME
design and construction of a sequentially erected
elastic timber gridshell

Judyta M. Cichocka
Submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF ENGINEERING
at the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
February 2020

This thesis by Judyta M. Cichocka presents a design-oriented methodology for the design, optimization and construction of sequentially erected elastic timber gridshells. A multi-objective approach toward simultaneous optimization of the overall size and grid configurations is implemented to achieve maximum structural performance and minimize cost.

The proposed methodology is applied to a 1:1 design of an open-air outdoor stage within the MIT campus. The design was certified compliant with the building regulations in the jurisdiction where it was constructed.

The construction of the INFRAME pavilion brings a few insights towards the potential adaptation of bending-active systems to the building codes and presents a new application of temporary elastic timber gridshell structures for outdoor events.

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