Lightweight Exoskeleton Aerial Vehicle

Leading the discussion on new frontiers for lightweight structural systems of the future, we imaged and built an hypothetical aerial vehicle -a flying wing- inspired by the suggestive drawings of H. Miyazaki.

Presenting a floating installation together with 1:1 scale details of the object, we dissect the process of experimentation widening the spectrum of future structural wonders.

Inspired by the very basic principles of nature - how forces interact and materialize into minimal waste of energy and matter - Tensegrities are today among structural solutions for lightweight systems most studied and yet mostly unexplored into practice . Often disregarded like artistic follies or bizarre construction, we took first steps in materializing how such tensegrity principle fits within a specific design intent.

The research methodology first presented at IASS-2010 Shanghai, then further deepened and discussed at IASS-2015 Amsterdam and Tensinet-2016 Newcastle ( both structural oriented symposiums), has here took a step back to fundamentals: working on force balance, lightness and material economy. The innocent and crude execution of such installation conceals a challenging task in terms of design, computing, problem solving, manufacturing and assembling. A system so simple, yet so complex to make, wildly explores how far natural systems can still inspired us in a diverging future of scarcity.

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Klokgebouw 50
5617AB Eindhoven

Map No. 28

Strijp Area

Accessible for disabled, Toilets, Kidsproof

Opening hours

Sat 21 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sun 22 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Mon 23 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 24 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 25 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Thu 26 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 27 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sat 28 Oct 11:00 - 18:00
Sun 29 Oct 11:00 - 18:00


Curator: Alberto Campesato
Exhibition design: A. Campesato, T. Huang
Graphic: A. Campesato, T. Huang
Texts: A. Campesato, T. Huang
Photography: A. Campesato
Film: A. Campesato, T. Huang

Organized by ACCED Technologies NLIT

Trained first as structural engineer in Italy and later as an architect in the Netherlands, I was increasingly captured by the potentials of Tensegrity systems, software simulation and design, advanced manufacturing processes. I dedicated latest years to widen knowledge and experience in such fields, exploring new horizons of applicability. Few publications and conferences trace back the research objective has underline my commitment to lightweight system design.


I was honored to exhibit the results of the research project at the "Het Muziekgebouw" Amsterdam (The Netherlands), within the the IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures ) 2015 Annual Symposium, Future Visions Expo. Organized as showroom, it was the opportunity to confront myself among colleague engineers and artists both aimed to image and construct a brighter future. Such remarkable experience has driven my interest to further challenge the notion of lightweight, committing to its market applicability.

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