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An introduction to tensegrity

The concept of tensegrity, in which tensile and compressive elements are carefully balanced to archive structural integrity, permits the fabrication of curious structures, their ridged elements not touching, but suspended as if by magic, interlaced by a network of tendons. 
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1976

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Polyhedra: a visual approach

 The orderliness and regularities of polyhedra provoke intuitive feelings that they must be significant; however, systematic studies of these three - dimensional figures have been consigned to mathematical treatise. By contrast, Mr Pugh describes polyhedra in visual terms, as a series of interrelated shapes. He...
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1976

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Filography

        Filography, the art of thread sculpture, is new art form using inexpensive and readily available materials with which you can create designs as individual and exciting as your imagination.
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1975

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Make it from wood

This book is for anyone with limited experience of woodwork an clearly demonstrates how, using basic tools and simple techniques of gluing and screwing, imaginative designs and useful objects come within even a beginner's scope. This book is a combination of step-by-step instructions, diagrams and colour ...
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1975

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Design: the man-made object

Part of 'The man-made world: a foundation course, units 33-4' Open University course.The aims of these units are:To show that the forms given to man-made objects are not simply determined by a definition of uses and performances, but by a much more complex mix of knowledge, context, and aspirations and value of the...
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1976

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Language of pattern

 Inspired by Islamic decorative patterns, the authors of this book (who are all designers) explore pattern step by step, beginning with simple numerical and geometrical relationships and progressing through the dimensions, so that the reader is drawn into a visual and conceptual game of increasing complexity, as...
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1974

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Kaleidocycles

 Combining interesting explanations with 3-dimensional models to cut out and glue together, this book is an exploration of the symmetries of Escher's plane tilings. Some designs fold to make polyhedra and there is the delight in how the motifs fit together at the vertices and along the edges. Others make into...
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1977

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Penguin book of kites

 An introduction to the making and flying of kites, with more than one hundred patterns ranging from simple paper versions to highly efficient and complicated giants.
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1976

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Using woodwork tools

This book describes a variety of woodworking tools and how to use them.
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1974

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Design education at secondary level

This report deals with design education in secondary schools, but it has a message for a much wider public. It is addressed to all those who are interested in, and can influence, secondary education, whether they be teachers, education authorities, examiners, leaders of industry or parents. The report implies a major...
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