“How has the need to be strong and to support various necessary loads influenced the development of all sorts of creatures, devices and systems?” J.E. Gordon
This is wonderfully intriguing question about structures, both naturally occurring and humanly constructed. In speaking about “the need to be strong”, it asks why things don’t fall down, which is an issue of mechanics, and why they don’t fall apart, which involves issues of aesthetics, philosophy and all the social sciences. Human beings seem to be intuitively attuned to structures.
In this project students were tasked with selecting at least 3 natural and 3 human-made structures to study.