Made a quick tensile structure in grasshopper and kangaroo while I was bored and waiting for other renders to finish. I decided to do a brief look into tensile structures as it has been a topic of conversation amongst some of my peers in my design paper at uni (see design process here), and also Frei Otto won the 2015 Pritzker Prize award. What amazes me is that he was conducting these kinds of studies into tensile structures in the 60’s and 70’s, and it was all done manually, but now we have the ability to produce, analyse, and optimise these forms in a matter of minutes!
I also did a second render pass where I applied a checkerboard modifier over the mesh, because why not.. Result below.