What is tensegrity?

Tensegrity is the way the world organizes itself. Build or buy a model and experience it yourself!

Why bother learning about it?


Whatever your goal in life, it's good to understand how the world works. Tensegrity, discovered about 60 years ago, is a new way of understanding forces at play. Whether you are building a business, designing household objects, building robots, or trying to live sustainably in a resource-challenged world, tensegrity offers innovative ways of thinking about how parts and wholes interact.

What is Tensegrity Wiki, The Encyclopedia of Tensegrity?


This website is a wiki dedicated to exploring the field of tensegrity, a subset of energetic-synergetic geometry. It is intended to use the "power of crowds" to fine-tune and make available accurate knowledge about tensegrities. This includes all aspects of tensegrity including structural tensegrity sculptures, dynamically adjusting tensegrity robotics, biotensegrity as expressed in cellular mechanics, biotensegrity as expressed in mammalian anatomical fascial/bone structure, tensegrity therapy as a set of mind-body practices, tensegrity as it illuminates ancient philosophies of harmony, music and dance inspired by tensegrity, and so on.

How do I get started?

Dive into one of our portals, which organize the entries into themes:


Or access one of our most popular pages: Chronology of Tensegrity, Bridge, 3 struts, Icosahedron, Bicycle Wheel, How To Build A 30 Strut Soda Straw Dodecahedron, How To Build A 3 Strut Copper Base for a Table, Furniture, Arch.

Or write your own entry!

Who can contribute?

  • Anyone.
  • Language? A lot of important work in tensegrity is being conducted as tenségrité (French), tensegridad (Spanish), Tensintegro (Italian), טנסגריטי (Hebrew). But multi-language support is not enabled on this wiki. For now, let's store articles in other languages along with the English ones.
  • Questions? Contact tensegritywiki at gmail, the Wiki moderator.


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Alphabetical list of articles


  1. Home
  2. 10 struts
  3. 12 struts
  4. 15 struts
  5. 2 Struts
  6. 21 Struts
  7. 270 struts
  8. 3 Struts
  9. 30 struts
  10. 4 Struts
  11. 5 struts
  12. 6 struts
  13. 60 Struts
  14. 7 Struts
  15. 8 struts
  16. 9 Struts
  17. Achkov, Konstantin
  18. ADAM Collapsible Truss System
  19. Agostini, Angelo
  20. Alexy, Christian
  21. Anatomy Trains
  22. Angle
  23. Animals
  24. Arch
  25. Arithmetization
  26. Assur Truss
  27. Atelier Architecture
  28. Behzadipour, Saeed
  29. Benefits of Tensegrity
  30. Bicycle
  31. Bicycle wheel
  32. Biot Tensegrity Robot
  33. Biotensegrity
  34. Birth
  35. Blood
  36. Blur Building by Diller & Scofidio
  37. Bone
  38. Bridge
  39. Buckminsterfullerene
  40. Burkhardt, Robert
  41. Burning Man
  42. CAD
  43. Castaneda, Carlos
  44. Cells, Biological
  45. Chronology of Tensegrity
  46. Clar, James
  47. Clothing
  48. Code Aster
  49. Collins, William
  50. Compression
  51. Connelly, Robert
  52. Cretu, Simona-Mariana
  53. Cube
  54. Cuboctahedron
  55. Cylindrical Coordinates
  56. Cytoskeleton
  57. de Jong, Gerald
  58. Definitions of Tensegrity
  59. Della Sala, Francesco
  60. Deployable Structures
  61. Di Carlo, Biagio
  62. Distance Geometry
  63. DNA
  64. Dodecahedron
  65. Dynamics
  66. Earnhardt, Phil
  67. Elbow
  68. Emmerich, David Georges
  69. Fabric
  70. Finite Element Method
  71. Flemons, Tom
  72. Floating
  73. Floor
  74. Folding
  75. Force
  76. Frame
  77. Fuller's Two Volume Synergetics
  78. Fuller, Richard Buckminster
  79. Furniture
  80. Geodesic Dome
  81. Glass
  82. Gómez Jáuregui, Valentín
  83. Graph
  84. Gridshell LEDs
  85. Guimberteau, Jean Claude
  86. Hamilton, Bruce
  87. Hanaor, Ariel
  88. Hart, George
  89. Hirai, Shinichi
  90. Hogden, Lee
  91. How To Build A 3 Strut Copper Base for a Table
  92. How To Build A 3 Strut Hammock Stand
  93. How To Build A 30 Strut Soda Straw Dodecahedron
  94. How To Build A 3x5 Tensegrity Tower by de Jong
  95. Humor
  96. Icosahedron
  97. Icosahedron WIth Mitch Amiano's Connectors
  98. Index to Concepts in the Tensegrity Wiki
  99. Index to Forms
  100. Index to People In The Tensegrity Wiki
  101. Index to Procedures in the Tensegrity Wiki
  102. Index to Tensegrity Wiki
  103. Ingber, Donald A
  104. Inox
  105. integrins
  106. Ioganson, Karl
  107. Jakob Tensegrity Torus
  108. Jewelry
  109. Jitterbug
  110. Kenner, Hugh
  111. Korkmaz, Sinan
  112. Kreze, Luka
  113. Kurilpa Bridge
  114. La Plata Stadium
  115. Le Ricolais, Robert
  116. Lego
  117. Levin, Stephen M.
  118. Lighting Fixture
  119. Lightness
  120. Lungs
  121. Magic Passes
  122. Mapping solid polyhedra to tensegrity structures
  123. Martin, Arnold
  124. Mast
  125. Mechanobiology
  126. Mesh Bag as Tension Network
  127. Moods
  128. Motro, René
  129. Movement Therapy
  130. Musical Instruments
  131. Musil, Josef
  132. Myers, Tom
  133. Needle Tower
  134. Nexorade
  135. Octahedron
  136. Omnidirection
  137. Online Applications
  138. Opposition
  139. Otto, Frei
  140. Pars, Marcelo
  141. Plane
  142. Pneumatics
  143. Pope, Theodore
  144. Portal To Architecture
  145. Portal To Art & Design
  146. Portal To Basic Concepts
  147. Portal To Cellular Biology
  148. Portal To Counting Struts
  149. Portal To Languages
  150. Portal To Mathematics
  151. Portal To Model Making
  152. Portal To People
  153. Portal To Philosophy
  154. Portal To Polyhedra
  155. Portal To Robotics
  156. Portal To Software
  157. Portal To Structural Anatomy
  158. Poultry Shed By Vyas
  159. Prairie House by Orambra
  160. prestress
  161. Prism
  162. Prosthetics
  163. Rhode-Barbarigos, Landolf
  164. Rhombic Dodecahedron
  165. Robotics
  166. Rossiter, Adrian
  167. scaffold
  168. scale
  169. Scarr, Graham
  170. Shade Structure
  171. Shai, Offer
  172. shear
  173. Skelton, Robert
  174. Skew
  175. Skwish
  176. Skylon
  177. Smith, Winston
  178. Snelson, Kenneth
  179. Space
  180. Space Exploration
  181. Specific Strength
  182. Spine
  183. Springs
  184. Stability
  185. Stairway
  186. Stavrev, Val
  187. Stella Octangula
  188. Sterk, Tristan D'estree
  189. Stiffness
  190. Stress
  191. Strut
  192. Strut Effect
  193. Strut, Curved
  194. Strut, Hoop
  195. Strut, Linear
  196. Strut, Materials
  197. Strut, Nucleated
  198. Strut, Ring
  199. Suspended Bridge by Paradiso
  200. Synergetics
  201. Synergetics Dictionary
  202. t-icosa
  203. Tendon
  204. Tendon, Materials
  205. Tensairity
  206. Tensegridad (Spanish)
  207. Tensegrita (Italian)
  208. Tenségrité (French)
  209. Tensegriteam
  210. Tensegriteit (Dutch)
  211. Tensegritoy
  212. Tensegrity
  213. Tensegrity (Czech)
  214. Tensegrity (German)
  215. Tensegrity Lights by Bartosik
  216. Tensegrity Pavilion AA School 2010
  217. Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström
  218. Tensegrity Tower by Ondrej Otypka
  219. Tensegrity, Etymology
  220. Tension
  221. Tent
  222. Tetrahedron
  223. Textiles as Tension Technology
  224. Tomassian, Raffi
  225. Torus
  226. Tricontahedron
  227. Tuning
  228. Twist Angle
  229. Tyler, Tim
  230. v-expander
  231. Videos
  232. Wall
  233. Warnow Tower
  234. Warren, John
  235. Weaving
  236. Whiteley, Walter
  237. Winch
  238. Wire Roap
  239. Wroldsen, Anders Sunde
  240. X Tensegrity
  241. Yin Yang
  242. You Can Touch This
  243. Young's Modulus