May 16 2011
Jungle Geodesics

HEB Gallery, Martha Van Renselaer Hall
An exhibition of Cornell's New 'Community Building through Community Buildings' initiative, organized by Jack Elliott, Associate Professor in the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis.  This project is a collaboration between Cornell students and the Punta Canta Ecological Foundation and other host Dominican Republic organizations and stakeholders.  The students participated in a design / build project in the settlement of Veron, to design and build a new assembly space for an AIDS clinic. The project utilized new technologies with vernacular materials that were developed and tested by student researcher under the direction of Professor Elliott.
A geodesic bamboo structural system was developed for ease of assembly / disassembly, for its carbon sequestration, and for its seismic and hurricane resistance.
The exhibiton will feature drawings, models, photographs, structural test specimens, and full-scale prototypes of building components.