Tensional integrity of biological forms
New research into the strength of biologically formed structures shows a remarkable similarity to the principle of tensegrity. The tensegrity concept states that structures formed with a combination of prestressed and tensioned parts have an overall integrity greater than that found in the sum of their parts. The degree of increased strengh of tensegrity structures depends on the efficacy of their design to of their parts to function, both with each other and within their particular environment.
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