Farshad Mehdizadeh

Farshad Mehdizadeh

Tehran, IR


Strawcture | Aquatic Responsive Structure

One of the final projects in ANTICIPATING SUSPENSE visiting architecture workshop in San Jose Costa Rica.

Tutors: Farshad Mehdizadeh, Maria Araya, Hooman Talebi


Parametric design if often related to a rigid, digitalized creation process that responds to certain pre-defined parameters that, under certain circumstances, behave differently. Starting from a rather basic thought development, Strawcture brings together both human defined parameters and a systemized responsive behavior.

As a result of an extensive and systematic research on the behavior between a simple straw structure and elastic strings, Strawcture demonstrates the fundamental principles behind a manually fabricated parametric design that can adapt and react upon climatic changes, such as rainfall.

The system originates from a single, self-sustained and independent module that when multiplied and connected upon themselves, adapt with each other and react in an individual yet holistic manner.

Elasticity as a physical behavior, product of individual elements under different forces and circumstances, can produce a wide variety of geometric possibilities depending on the amount of stress or retraction applied under controlled situations (parameters).

By joining the tensile and flexible properties, provided by the relationship between individual segments of straws and elastic, sums into a primal parametric design that can be easily modulated and modified individually.

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Status: Built
Location: San José, CR
My Role: Main Guest Tutor

Before and After the Rain
Before and After the Rain