Hypar Lightweight Roof Workshop

  • 11 Mar 2013
  • 9:00 AM
  • 15 Mar 2013
  • 4:00 PM
  • Endeavour Centre, Peterborough, Ontario

Hypar is a shortened version of hyperparabolic, and hypar roofs are one of the most exciting and fascinating architectural developments of the past half-century. This workshop is being taught by George Nez, who developed this system of lightweight roofing, and a rare opportunity to learn from the originator!

Whether used in developing countries as emergency shelter or village homes or used in North American locations with high snow loads, these roof systems use a minimum of structural members and rely on hyperparabolic geometry and fabric with a latex-modified concrete to provide strong, durable and very lightweight roofs for buildings small and large.

George will lead the participants in the design requirements for hypar roofs and the construction of an entire hypar roof. Among the classroom topics covered will be an overview of forms, purposes, calculations, blackboard geometry, and roof characteristics for various climates and loads. Participants will then frame, stretch fabric and pour the latex cement on a full-sized roof in the workshop.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about a form of construction that defies most conventional thinking about roof structures and could revolutionize your outlook on building design!

For more information or to register: http://endeavourcentre.org/programs/workshops-studios/
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