The aim of Khang’s thesis is to integrate structural engineering and architecture to design innovative structural systems for Christchurch, specifically solutions that perform dynamically in an earthquake. He has studied natural structures that move with the aim to derive efficient solutions that dissipate seismic forces and incur minimal damage. His thesis operates as a catalog by combining Christchurch soil conditions, the zoning code, existing seismic technology and the natural structures to inspire innovative design solutions. Khang proves that Christchurch can be rebuilt, more so with interesting architecture that is safe and affordable to repair following an earthquake.
Khang Phuong, November 2012
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What does the the tail of a seahorse, a glass sponge, and a dragon fly wing have to do with Christchurch?
Khang Phuong is a thesis student at The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture. His thesis is about designing innovative structures for Christchurch given an understanding of the physics of the local ground conditions and potential seismic forces. His objective is to integrate architecture and engineering to derive innovative designed structures. The designs will move away from the standard Cartesian grid systems, which are inherently rigid, and instead they will aim to achieve flexibility and resilience through elastic structures. Khang is studying how structures found in nature have evolved to move, and from them he is proposing possible design solutions for Christchurch.
Khang’s midterm thesis paper can be read here. (link)