“No consideration is given to problems which concern aesthetic effects of these designs. In can be said, however, that the most frequently pleasing effects are achieved in buildings designed according to the concepts described briefly here. It seems that this approach, together with the desire to express the essence of structural principles in physical form, is the only rational method of design.”
Waclaw Zalewski, “A Study of Saw-Tooth Shell Roof Shapes,” IASS (International Association of Shell Structures). Proceedings of the World Conference on Shell Structures in San Francisco, California, 1962.
"Despite its simplicity, the principle of creating forms based on the criterion of constant force is universal and includes multiple aspects that can guide the development of construction projects. The validity of solutions illustrating this principle is often self-evident, requiring no proof. Nevertheless, for the generalized problems related to the study of shell calculations, a studio maxim 'Constant force as a criterion of rational form of construction' seems to be useful."
Waclaw Zalewski, "Constant Force as a Criterion of Rational Forms of Construction," c.1963
Structural Principles - Publications
Poland: "Precast Concrete 'Grid-Vaults', Prefabrication, August, 1958
Some Structural Solutions Recently Applied in the Polish Industrial Building, c.1960
Simplified Calculation Methods of Shell Structures / Proceedings of the Colloquium on Simplified Calculation Methods Brussels, September 4-6, 1961.
"Experimental Methods as a Help in the Design of Shell Structures in Poland," Proceedings of the Symposium on Shell research Delft, 1961
"Factory Making Methods and Normalization of Prestressed Structures in the Polish Industrial Building" 4th Congress of the Federation Internationale de la Precontrainte, Roma, 1962.
Structural Design - Teaching Notes
PDFs linked below
The Concept of the Flow of Forces, Excerpts from Notes on Structural Behavior for Architecture Students, MIT, 1975-1980
Funiculus, Excerpt from Notes on Structural Behavior for Architecture Students, MIT, 1975-1980
Structures - The Playground of Forces or Geometry and Mechanics of Structures.
Other Teaching Works:
Advanced Design of Structures MIT 1.544 Spring 1990
Analisis Nomografico de los Sistemas Hiperestaticos
Shaping of Structures - Easy Way, 1970-1980
System of Kinematical Control of Deployable Structures
Systems Design Studio 1976
Hands On Steel program
Systems Design Studio
See also Chronology
Sample page of teaching notes
based upon the approach in Supersam