What is Flextegrity?
Flextegrity is an applied material and construction strategy, with several prototypes bearing enough family resemblance to give a clear sense of the generic approach.
Flextegrity vs. Tensegrity
Flextegrity bears some similarity to tensegrity in that the icosahedra may be referred to as "floating compression members." However, a formal definition of tensegrity would exclude these materials as their interstitial connectors are not exclusively tensile, nor are the icosahedral compressive members rod-shaped.
Flextegrity vs. the Octet Truss
Flextegrity also bears some similarity to the octet-truss, a common space frame design explored by Alexander Graham Bell and R. Buckminster Fuller in particular. Whereas the islanded icosahedra occupy the same centers of a CCP lattice, the interconnecting members do not run perpendicular to the planar facets of their rhombic dodecahedral space-filling domains (voronoi cells). Flextegrity is therefore not an octet truss either.
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