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July 30, 2019 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Incorporating weaving into architecture is not a new idea but Alison Grace Martin (NYTlink) is helping elevate the profile of weaving in a new, more techincal dimension.

Alison Grace Martin is not working with new materials; bamboo has always been a fascinating, renewable building material, but it's women who are increasingly pushing the links between textile design and mathematics (NYTlink).
posted by larthegreat (3 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I was watching a documentary recently that talked about how some people in the Tudor era used wicker chimneys.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:18 AM on July 30, 2019

ISTR that Pa uses wicker as a building material in the Little House series. Maybe in On the Banks of Plum Creek?
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:38 PM on July 30, 2019

I mean I was kind of hoping to talk further about the application of the science of textile design... particularly how weaving a tri-axial mesh can create more complex geometries beyond just a simple curve can influence architecture. Like about this project (the Jukbuin Pavilion) that used triaxial weaving to demonstrate how you can weave wood into a strong and flexible structure fairly quickly. (triaxial weaving is particularly resistant to shearing forces)

or maybe we could talk about the fact that it's women who are pushing the technical aspect of traditional textiles and mathematics

or maybe it could also be about the fact that similar (but far simpler) construction is used in Yurts, and has been applied in different ways to create lightweight and simple shelters for refugees

lots of angles to explore here.
posted by larthegreat at 6:15 AM on July 31, 2019 [1 favorite]

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