Mapping Rectangles to Cylinders: Waste-Conscious Constructions of Curved Structural Surfaces

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This research explores the generation of a novel syntax for architecture driven by the preserved proportions of 4 ft. x 8 ft. rectangular sheets of flexible material. The primary goal is to develop strategies that reduce or eliminate material waste in small-scale public installations by leveraging the full dimensions of standard stock material as a building block. Following a brief survey on how geometric definition and construction sequences informed tectonic assemblies of the past, this paper introduces a subset of curved crease folding that uses planar reflections (sectional mirror operations) to create unique spatial and structural vocabularies by avoiding material offcuts entirely. Finally, the research illustrates a full-scale prototype that tests the effectiveness of the process in the form of a shade structure in a local neighborhood park.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalTechnology Architecture and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • Climate Resilience
  • Computational Geometry
  • Curved Crease Folding
  • Material Waste
  • Tectonic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies


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