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Designing with cardboard

Florian Förster of Buro Happold describes the basic principles of cardboard structural design As structural design with cardboard and paper products is not yet codified, the designer relies not only on empirical knowledge, project specific tests and the understanding of first principles of engineering but also on his willingness to take extra design responsibility.


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