Definition of tensegrity in English:



mass nounArchitecture
  • The characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional structure consisting of members under tension that are contiguous and members under compression that are not.

    as modifier ‘tensegrity construction’
    • ‘Emerging from and, after technical problems, now fed by the water of the lake, the tensegrity structure of the ‘Cloud ‘was designed by Group Extasia (Diller-Scofidio from New York, together with architects from Zürich and Rotterdam).’
    • ‘A parametric model developed by Katharine Liapi at the University of Texas allows architects to visualize and design with tensegrity structures.’
    • ‘MGI is working to mimic biological tensegrity both for industrial applications and to engineer weight-bearing tissue replacement scaffolds.’


1950s: from tensional integrity.